First graders early adopters of e-book in Shanghai

From the Shanghai Daily:

In the e-book era, local students will soon be reading digital textbooks.

The Shanghai Education Commission has set an ambitious plan to make all primary school grade one pupils use e-textbooks within five years.

The technology will be promoted to higher grades later, Ni Minjing, a Shanghai Education Commission official in charge of elementary education, told Shanghai Daily.

"Singapore and Korea have developed their digital textbooks through five-year plans," he said. "Shanghai, as a big metropolis in the world, should not lag behind.

You should read the whole article, but I find that last sentence very interesting. I don't know of any digital textbook pilot program in the US that works with elementary schools. What are we missing?

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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