The death of print has long been on the minds of journalists, writers, bloggers, etc. For those of us who grew up reading our books on paper, asking for magazine subscriptions, and watching our dads read the paper (on paper) at the breakfast table, it’s hard to imagine a world without a book case, and the handful of novels we never got around to picking up yet. In South Korea, there seems to be much less fear over a paperless world, as the country has promised to replace all the paper in its schools by 2015.
The peninsular nation plans on spending over $2 billion developing digital text books, which would then be available on students’ school-supplied tablets. Along with more traditional learning content, students will also get access to paperless materials through a cloud-based system. With the cloud in place, sick students, or those brave enough to pull a Ferris Bueller, will have access to their learning materials from home, such as reading lessons and math tutorials.
While I might miss the smell of fine-pressed ink-stained wood sometime soon, I’m sure South Korean students will enjoy their digital text books. And we can all agree that Mother Earth is probably quite happy to hear the announcement.