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UVA Students Test Kindle DX

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Students at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business are testing out a new technology that could make their classwork a little easier.

Out of 300 first-year students, 62 were chosen at random to test out the Amazon Kindle DX.  It's a wireless electronic reader that takes the place of text books.  

Joe Chard is among the lucky few to get a Kindle DX.  

He said, "I found out you basically had a one in five shots of getting it and I'd never won a scratch lottery ticket, I never won a raffle, so thought there's no way I'm going to get a Kindle."

Instead of thumbing through paper books, the Kindle DX allows users to scroll, highlight and type notes with just a click of a button.  

"It's all very user friendly.  there's only five buttons on this thing," said Chard.

The Kindle DX is compact and can hold up to 3,500 books.  Users can bookmark pages and refer to them later and search for key words, but the it does take some getting use to.  

"On the kindle you kind of have previous page, next page and it can kind of take a minute to go from page to page," said Chard.

Robert Carraway is the Associate Dean for MBA Programs at Darden.  He said the future of education is pointing toward electronic readers.  

"The ability to carry all their text books on an e-reader, I think is just going to be revolutionary," said Carraway.  

He said Darden was chosen by Amazon to be one of seven institutions in the world to pilot the program.

"What we hope to come out of it is to figure out ways to use the Kindle above and beyond just a reading device," stated Carraway.

The Kindle DX usually costs about $500, but the Darden students get to use them for free for the year.  Then, they have the option of buying them at a discounted rate.

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