Amazon offers college aid to warehouse workers

Amazon will give warehouse workers up to $2,000 in annual scholarships to pursue associate degrees in high-wage, high-demand careers, such as aircraft mechanics, computer-aided design, machine tool technologies, medical lab technologies and nursing.

Give up sex to not lug college texts?

To avoid toting heavy textbooks, one in four college students would give up sex for a year — or so they said on a survey by Kno, an education software company.  One third would take 8 a.m. classes every day; 28 percent would rather have parents visit every other weekend for a year than carry textbooks daily

That said, it’s no surprise that 71 percent said they would use digital textbooks through apps on tablets, laptops and netbooks. If students could access textbooks from anywhere without having to carry them around, about 62 percent said they would study more often and 54 percent insisted they would study more efficiently.

Or so they said. Nearly half predict physical textbooks will be obsolete in the next five years. That’s probably correct.

Amazon now rents textbooks on Kindle e-readers. Students can download free Kindle reading apps for various laptops, netbooks and smart phones.

Kindle Textbook Rental gives users up to 80 percent off the list price of a print textbook. For example, accounting textbook Intermediate Accounting is available through Amazon for $183.53 in hard cover and buying it through Kindle for $109.20. However, it’s listed for rental on Amazon for only $38.29.

As a relatively new Kindle user, I don’t think it’s as easy to read as a book — especially a textbook. But the convenience and cost savings of rentals are bound to attract students.

Kindle for textbooks

Amazon will debut a larger-screen Kindle designed for textbooks and magazines, reports the Wall Street Journal. The new Kindle will include an updated web browser.

Beginning this fall, some students at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland will be given large-screen Kindles with textbooks for chemistry, computer science and a freshman seminar already installed, said Lev Gonick, the school’s chief information officer. The university plans to compare the experiences of students who get the Kindles and those who use traditional textbooks, he said.

Pace, Princeton, Reed, Darden School at the University of Virginia, and Arizona State also will try out the new Kindles.