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Lightening Students' Bookbags
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Certainly, college students are burdened with a lot of reading and not much can be done about that. But do they need to be overloaded with so many books?

I am attending the O'Reilly Tools of Change conference in New York City this week. The new tools are all about book publishing, an industry that is feeling some of the same pressures as the news media and music industry.

Neera Khosla, a board member at the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., was describing the work of the K-12 Foundation in creating "Flexbooks" and used a child's backpack, filled with books, to illustrate her point.

Ebooks and devices like Kindle are one of the subjects under discussion here. While they might not lighten the reading load, they can certainly lighten some backpacks. The day is coming when all of your school books will fit into a digital tablet.

I'm not betting that the workload will go down -- or the price -- but at least students will be able to stand up straight.

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