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The End Of Books. The Beginning Of Reading. How The Peace Corps Could Make A Difference!

The End Of Books. The Beginning Of Reading. How The Peace Corps Could Make A Difference!

Did you see the interview today with CNN’s Howard Kurtz and Nicholas Negroponte, founder of One Laptop per child? Negroponte says that the days of the physical book are numbered.  As e-book readers and tablet computers become more common, physical books could disappear sooner than expected. “It will be in five years,” said Negroponte. “The physical medium cannot be distributed to enough people. When you go to Africa, half a million people want books … you can’t send the physical thing.” Negroponte emphasized the efficiency of being able to put hundreds of books on the laptops his organization sends to villages. “We put 100 books on a laptop, but we also send 100 laptops. That village now has 10,000 books,” he said. It is for this reason that I have been campaign (without any success) to get the Peace Corps to send PCVs overseas with a Laptop to leave behind, just as we left . . .

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