This one's still up for debate, but it stands to reason that you'll see a lot of Kindles on campus this fall, and a growing number in years to come. Why? The Kindle, especially the new (and larger) Kindle DX, could directly address two of the biggest pains that continue to afflict college students: having to buy big, expensive textbooks; and having to lug them around all year long. The Kindle weighs next to nothing, and e-textbooks would, in theory, cost less than their paper forebears. Amazon is testing a special program that involves replacing standard textbooks with Kindle DXs and Kindle e-textbooks for selected courses at five U.S. universities this fall. If the music and film industries are anything to go by, the textbook publishing industry may sooner or later have to offer their titles in e-book form. Why? Because the market will demand it; and where there's a demand, there's always someone ready to fill it--legally or otherwise.
For a different kind of nostalgia trip, see "Obsolete Technology: 40 Big Losers," a look at 40 once-proud monuments to technological progress that were rendered extinct (or highly endangered) by subsequent advances.
PC World intern Lauren Barnard is entering her junior year at San Jose State University this fall.