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After wanting an iPad for every U.S. schoolchild, Jackson now says the iPad is killing jobs for Americans

Just last month, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) created a proposal that would provide an iPad for every student across the United States in an effort to guarantee all Americans the equal right to an education. Now, Jackson is quickly turning against the iPad, saying it is killing jobs. 

In the beginning of March, Jackson proposed the idea to amend the Constitution so that every American has a chance to obtain an equal education, and under this amendment, he suggested that the federal government provides an iPad, Kindle, or Nook for every child in school in the U.S.

Jackson even praised the iPad and devices like it on the House floor. He noted that the iPad and other similar gadgets are "products of the First Amendment," and that they maintain the rights of the First Amendment. 

"Let me be clear about a few things," said Jackson. "These devices are revolutionizing our country - and they will fundamentally alter how we will educate our children. Yes, there will be a cost, but if we can find the money for the wars, if we can find the money to bail out Wall Street, certainly we can find the money to educate our kids at an equally high-quality level."

Now, only one month later, Jackson is changing his tune entirely. On the House floor this past Friday afternoon, Jackson threw the iPad under the bus and opted for a more negative viewpoint on the device's influence. 

"A few short weeks ago, I came to the House floor after having purchased an iPad and said that I happened to believe, Mr. Speaker, that at some point in time this new device, which is now probably responsible for eliminating thousands of American jobs," said Jackson. "Now Borders is closing stores because, why do you need to go to Borders anymore? Why do you need to go to Barnes & Noble? Buy an iPad and download your newspaper, download your book, download your magazine." 

Jackson went on to express concern for publishers, libraries and paper companies that are being affected by the iPad. According to Jackson, Chicago State University is introducing iPads to freshmen in an effort to achieve a "textbookless" campus in a four-year period, which will also hurt publishing industries. 

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RE: Boo hoo
By BioHazardous on 4/19/2011 9:59:35 AM , Rating: 2
I don't foresee textbooks costing any less because of e-readers. Perhaps I'm wrong having been out of college for several years and not too up to date on the latest textbook scams.

I do however have a friend in college where they switched to e-books being required and part of tuition at a flat rate per book regardless of what it was. It seems that colleges are still able to make as much or probably more from e-readers and digital books than they ever could from hard copies.

If I had to take a guess I'd say it was the fact that a lot of students got wise and just started saving a ton by buying their books online and used. Cutting the school out of the picture all together makes the schools unhappy. So the schools mandate you subscribe to their new e-books at a flat fee of something like $90 a book when you can sometimes get the books for around $10 online hard copy. Then on top of that you only get rights to view the e-book for one year or something equally worthless and obnoxious. It's more absurd than the digial music industry that we so often berate.

RE: Boo hoo
By MrBlastman on 4/19/2011 4:06:51 PM , Rating: 2
I don't foresee textbooks costing any less because of e-readers. Perhaps I'm wrong having been out of college for several years and not too up to date on the latest textbook scams.

I bet this will be the case. The book companies will find a way to wrap their books in DRM and slave them to a single device at a time.

There will be NO more lending your book to other students, because if you do, you'll have to lend them your whole device (laptop/netbook/tablet etc.).

There will be NO more used books as the DRM will prevent this. They will argue you paid for a single right to the content and it can not be re-sold or re-distributed.

Going from a paper form to digital form for College books can only be worse for the college student and better for the book company. I'm sure they've been salivating over a way to make this move for years. Best of all, they'll have their costs cut quite a bit over distribution and printing no longer being an issue so they'll have higher profit margins and... keep prices the same.

I'm even willing to bet they'll start requiring payment of incremental content and updates. Say you buy a book and mid-term, there's an update to the content. Oh, wait! If you don't pay them money, you can't have it. It will be a form of DLC (downloadable content--what a joke), or they'll have DLC that is optional. Even worse, they'll provide a manifest to both the professor and the registrar and if they see you don't have the most up-to-date content, they can withhold your grades.

Oh, believe me, going electronic for college books is far from a good thing for the student.

RE: Boo hoo
By BioHazardous on 4/19/2011 4:44:00 PM , Rating: 2
I remembered another restriction they have on the e-book for the college my friend is at. They can only print certain chapters or text at certain times. They can't simply print out whatever they want whenever they want. I'm not sure how that's restricted, but apparently it is. I find the whole system to be a bit extreme and if I was in college I would definitely protest it.

"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein

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