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Thick textbooks weighing on students' shoulders might disappear across South Korea in four years, as the government seeks to convert all paper textbooks into digital versions by 2015, the Education Ministry said.

Using smart phones, tablet PCs, and smart televisions, school students of all ages will be able to view the content of existing textbooks, ministry officials said.

The ministry also seeks to hold nationwide academic tests...

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