Like a lot of universities, ours has made a push to incorporate tablet technology into the curriculum. Cumberland University actually gives freshmen and nursing students a free iPad (with certain strings attached). One of the arguments for the program was to give students the option of acquiring electronic versions of textbooks at a cheaper cost.

I’ve run into an unforeseen problem with e-books this semester. Kindle e-books apparently don’t include page numbers. As you can imagine, that’s caused a problem with research papers, book reviews, and analytical essays. My solution has been to tell students that it is their responsibility to gain access to a copy with page numbers. I also plan to include a statement in future syllabi to that effect.

Do you have better suggestions for handling this problem?

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