Ebooks were a footnote in last night’s State of the Union

I don't usually cover politics on this blog. It's off-topic, usually, but also because you don't want to see me foam at the mouth (well, you might; I'm told it's entertaining). But last night was the State of the Union address, and digital textbooks made an appearance. Mr. Obama proposed nationwide high speed wireless network, and ebooks were mentioned as a way it would be used. NPR have a transcript of the SotU, and here's the relevant excerpt:

Within the next five years, we'll make it possible for businesses to deploy the next generation of high-speed wireless coverage to 98 percent of all Americans. ...  It's about a firefighter who can download the design of a burning building onto a handheld device; a student who can take classes with a digital textbook;...

And then I read the rest of the speech and was reminded why I ignore politics. I'm the type of person to interrupt a speech and point out that what the speaker just said is not true. I'd like to poke holes in last night's speech, but I'd rather keep the blog civil and on-topic.

About Nate Hoffelder (11374 Articles)
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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