I ponder all this while I look at my pencil (real with wood and lead) which has its eraser reduced to a nub. It doesn't tempt (nor lead ) me elsewhere.
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USC Bookstore sets record with tablet sales last year
By FRANCESCA BESSEY ·
The USC Pertusati Bookstore reported Friday that it had the largest number of iPad sales across college campuses nationwide with sales reaching an all-time high of $12 million last year.
Director of USC Bookstores Dan Archer attributes the increased tablet computer sales to Apple’s release of the iPad 2 last March.
“Sales of other tablets are miniscule,” Archer said. “Apple products are a majority of everything sold [at USC]. This has always been an Apple campus, even going back in the ‘90s.”
Students are using tablets in the classroom and for fun, Archer said.
“Tablets are such a convenient tool to use,” Archer said. “You can pull up stats while watching sports, surf the web or take notes in class.”
Lillian But, a sophomore majoring in biological sciences, said tablet computers’ note-taking capabilities are particularly helpful for college students.
“Tablets are great because they allow you to write directly on the screen,” But said. “I see students drawing graphs on their iPads during science lectures.”
The Marshall School of Business also found that handwritten notes are a more convenient method than notes taken on tablets, according to Archer.
“The Marshall School of Business found that the iPad was cumbersome in the classroom because lecturers talked too quickly for students to take notes on tablets,” Archer said.
According to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Excellence in Journalism project, 11 percent of American adults now own some form of a tablet computer. Of these tablet owners, 77 percent reports using the technology on a daily basis, spending an average of 90 minutes per day on them.