Princeton Kindling, Harvard Brass
As part of its “Toward Print-Less and Paper-Less Courses: Pilot Amazon Kindle Program” Princeton issued free Kindles to students. So far reports show dissatisfaction with the way the readers work in an academic setting. Many of the students interviewed complain of difficulty in interacting with the device, problems with annotation, and citation issues, as the eBooks are reformatted in a way that eliminates page numbers.
Up the road at Harvard, a controversy has broken out over a small “house” or dormitory library. Returning students found that the library has been renovated over the summer to place brass bars across each shelf, rendering the books decorative but inaccessible.