Published on August 31st, 2009 | by Babar Bhatti0
Can A Low-Cost Version Of Kindle Help Literacy In Developing Countries?
There’s a lot of chatter in the blogs about Sony and Amazon competing against each other for the electronic book reader market. There is also the talk of Apple entering in this market. As is common, the prices started high and started falling. My question is – when will a low cost version of Kindle like gadget become affordable and common that we can use it for improving literacy in developing countries?
Here’s my ideal kindle for developing countries.
- Has text books, lectures, exams/quizzes and the usual interactive teaching content
- Costs under $100 ~ Rs. 7500
- Can be shared by multiple users
- Has wireless access (perhaps limited) for updates and educational content downloads
- Is robust and tough (like olpc)
Wireless connectivity (3G would be preferred), intuitive application and interface and local content are needed to make it a success. Its a lot to ask and one wonders if smart phones will take over and kill this category of gadgets?