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I really hate to bring this one up but it is a problem for me. Let me start out by saying Barnes and Noble has been wonderful about replacing any Nook that has broken. That being said, I'm waiting to send my sixth nook back. All of the problems have been screen failure. All of the students except one have said they were very careful with the device, only one admitted to dropping theirs, but that one said the device was in the padded case and that it wasn't a serious drop. All of the kids are good kids who I think would be careful with the devices. I've been checking them out since October and ever since the first one came back broken I've reminded the students that they need to be VERY careful with them, not to toss them in a locker or back pack. I'm wondering if others have had problems with screen failure or other breakage. I'm also wondering what kinds of cases are being used?
A word of warning, don't circulate e-readers to students without putting them in seriously protective cases. Pockets for cords should be on the side facing away from the screen.Consider the case your insurance policy.