Amazon releases e-textbooks for the Kindle

by the Tennessean

College students say they’re looking forward to paying about $20 for electronic versions of $100 textbooks and carrying them on a Kindle instead of on their backs. Online book retailer Amazon announced last week it will offer college textbook downloads to its Kindle reader and through Kindle applications on laptops, iPads and smartphones. All the devices will allow highlighting and notations, content users can keep after the rental expires. It’s the newest segment of a small but burgeoning e-textbook market. About 5 percent of college textbook sales are digital, but the industry estimates that could be 20 percent by 2014.

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