March 14, 2014

Think Out Loud #30 ~ Wouldn't It Be Cool If...

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While waiting on my daughter to get out of school, a sudden thought occured to me - 

My daughter and I were talking about it this morning. She said she thought it would be awesome. So many times she's had to lug home a giant Social Studies textbook that's three times bigger than her just for ten minutes of homework. Really? And it wasn't homework she could get done at school, so it isn't like she has much of a choice. 

It was like that for me when I was in school, too, as I'm sure for millions of other kids as well. Think of the back pain kids are experiencing because of these gigantic textbooks they're carrying home! It can't be good for their backs. It was super uncomfortable to lug home my math textbook, which I had to every night for homework. 

This year, my daughter picked out a Beemo (from Adventure Time) backpack from Hot Topic, and it's HUGE but always filled to the brim. I'd hate to think of what we'd do if her backpack wasn't so roomy. 

If you have kids, what do you think? Wouldn't it be cool if eReaders were made a bit bigger? I'd advocate for non-tablet eReaders since most kids are looking at computer screens a lot already at school and at home. 

My daughter said she thinks a ton of kids would lose them, but I pointed out eReaders are way cheaper than textbooks. When I was in college, some of my textbooks were close to $300 while most eReaders are around $100 or less. Plus textbooks would cost less for schools if they came in eBook format. 

Even if you don't have kids, did you have a ton of heavy textbooks to carry home? What do you think about eReaders taking the place of textbooks? 

Think Out Loud in the comment section below! :D


  1. [ Smiles ] I think that uploading textbooks on an eReader is a great idea!

  2. It would be fantastic to have text books available as ebooks, Jennifer. And I don't know why they haven't done it yet. A lot of college text books are available electronically so I don't understand what the hold up is. I too hate seeing my kids lug around huge text books - my high schooler in particular. I HATE trying to lift her backpack. It can't be good for her back. I know I lugged them around when I was in school - especially in college. I guess I didn't worry too much about the weight on my back but boy do I now! ;)

    1. It doesn't seem right to lug around huge books for only ten minutes of use. Or even if they need it longer than that, it's still too much of a burden on their backs I think. Maybe schools in low income areas would have a hard time getting funding for eReaders? I don't know anything about funding but I know schools in those areas have a hard time getting up-to-date information and tools.

      I had a heavy backpack in school, too. My parents were always worried about it, and my grandma especially. She had me feeling paranoid about it, lol, like I was going to grow up with a bent spine. Oh yeah, college, too! I forgot about that. I had to walk a longer distance in college - I'd have to park so far away it felt like I was in the next county.

  3. What an excellent idea!! Great post Jennifer :) I agree about ereaders instead of tablets and never even thought about the price difference between books and an ereader!

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

    1. Thanks, Chene! I just thought, too, if eReaders were made a little larger then any illustrations would be easy to see. :)


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