Martin Ringle is the Chief Technology Officer at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Prior to coming to Reed in 1989, he chaired the computer science department at Vassar College in New York. He holds a Ph.D. from Binghamton University, jointly sponsored by the T.J. Watson School of Engineering and the Department of Philosophy. During the past thirty years he has consulted on a wide range of technology issues for more than a hundred and fifty colleges, universities, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Reed College is one of seven institutions selected by Amazon to participate in a pilot project to evaluate the Kindle DX e-book reader in higher education. During the fall semester (2009) roughly 40 Reed students in three upper-level courses used the DX in lieu of conventional textbooks. We will discuss the highlights of the project, including feedback provided by students and faculty and observations about the potential impact of e-book technology on college libraries, bookstores, publishing, and instruction. Trina Marmarelli, an instructional technologist who worked closely with students and faculty during the project, will join Dr. Ringle in the discussion.

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