One down?

It was innevitable, and I’m surprised they all made it this far, but plucky iPod number 5 has gone missing in action. Presumably another pupil will be thinking that Christmas has come early when they find it in the school canteen.

This does raise some important issues regarding eBook readers.

  1. I’m going to have to remotely de-register that device from both iTunes and Amazon, as only a limited number of iPods (or indeed any eReaders and PCs) can be registered to a supplier or piece of reader software like Adobe Digital Editions at any one time. This of course is to prevent a group of friends sharing their digital purchaces over a shared account. If remote de-activation of a device is tricky or impossible than your digital libraries or playlists will slowly become inaccesible as you forget to decommision your scrapped laptop or PC, or leave your iPhone on the train.
  2. These things seem to be quite ‘sticky’ in terms of remembering login details. You need to treat the loss of a device like this as you would the loss of the credit card linked to the software installed on it.
  3. Let’s face it, if eBooks go mainstream in education, replacement costs for schools will be monumental.

Edit – Perhaps I should have written that insurance payments would be monumental? But costs are not just financial – the staff time in preparing an eBook reader for use can quickly rack up, including admin of the payment and user account, not to mention security tagging and hardware/ software settings.

By all accounts the iPod ‘just wasn’t there anymore when she looked around’. Perhaps I should have plumped for the A4 cast-iron look eReader after all?

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