Student memex and electronic textbooks

In the Total Recall chapter on learning, we describe how electronic textbooks will pave the way for the student memex: a device that lets them record their learning experiences. One example of electronic textbooks comes from DynamicBooks, a subsidiary of Macmillan. These e-textbooks are interactive and customizable; The New York Times calls them “a kind of Wikipedia of textbooks.”

The iPad and the Kindle seem like attractive platforms for e-textbooks. Over time, as the e-textbook evolves into the student memex, look for features like pen input.

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