Kindles not catching on among Tommies

Not so popular?

I posted just yesterday about students’ preference for printed textbooks over digital ones, and now University of St. Thomas circulation desk worker Nathan Wunrow tells TommieMedia that its collection of Kindle readers is “rarely” checked out:

“It has its highs and lows maybe in the summer and J-term it’s better, but right now I don’t know if it’s as popular. I don’t know if it has to do with people are just busy, they don’t know about it or if people are getting their own.”

Is the technology, at least at its current stage, as hyped as the Segway’s? I’m open to arguments.

Read the full report here.

  • Honestly, my guess is that the people that use them already own their own, especially since they now retail for under $100. For textbooks, they would need to be checked out for the entire semester, and I can attest that there isn’t a lot of time for reading for pleasure during the school year, so that market is also out.

    • Anonymous

      I suppose they’d have to do a survey to pin that idea down, but it does sound plausible.

  • Linda Hulbert

    If you read the full report, you’ll see that the Kindle has been very popular at the University of St. Thomas.  We have 8 of them and they have circulated 250 times over the 2 years we’ve had them available. Unfortunately, the lead was misleading. If all of our books got used that much, we’d be tickled pink!  We see availability as an opportunity for someone to check one out – at the time of the publication in TommieMedia, there were a few available – now there is only one and all the others are out. We can’t tell who is checking them out – students, staff or faculty – but UST folks are enjoying the Kindles with their constantly increasing content!
    Linda Hulbert, Associate Director for Collection Management and Services
    University of St. Thomas

  • Linda Hulbert

    If you read the full report, you’ll see that the Kindle has been very popular at the University of St. Thomas.  We have 8 of them and they have circulated 250 times over the 2 years we’ve had them available. Unfortunately, the lead was misleading. If all of our books got used that much, we’d be tickled pink!  We see availability as an opportunity for someone to check one out – at the time of the publication in TommieMedia, there were a few available – now there is only one and all the others are out. We can’t tell who is checking them out – students, staff or faculty – but UST folks are enjoying the Kindles with their constantly increasing content!
    Linda Hulbert, Associate Director for Collection Management and Services
    University of St. Thomas