Kindle. Nook. iPad. Android Tablet…clearly the book is going digital. Can textbooks go digital too?


  • Lower cost
  • Many books in one small, light package
  • Allow bookmarking and highlighting
  • One familiar tool to read them all

Virginia State has recently provided their accounting students with free e-textbooks, citing the prohibitive cost of traditional textbooks.

Wired Campus reports that other schools have given iPads to incoming students, but have had issues integrating the devices into classroom instruction. St. John’s College has discouraged the use of free e-book versions of the classics, stating differences in translations as a big problem. A recently study by ACLS found that readers themselves have been frustrated by both the technology and the text format on existing eBook readers.

What do you think of e-Textbooks? Would you try it…or avoid it? Comments are OPEN!

Written by Suzanne

Suzanne has loved books from an early age, and remembers reading her 24 volume World Book Encyclopedia set when she ran out of novels. Now that she works in a library, she will never run out of reading material again! Suzanne is a recent MLS graduate who loves working with students and technology.

This article has 4 comments

  1. Heather

    I’m not a student anyone, but I am way too tied to paper for this. I need my highlighter, pens, etc.

  2. Kurt

    No e-textbooks for me. I need the action of actually underlining and writing to help me remember. There is something about taking actual notes in a book that helps me to remember. Dragging your finger and typing on a pretend keyboard just isn’t the same.

  3. Lorenzo Orlando Caum

    Renting textbooks via a service such as Bookrenter or Chegg can present huge savings for students. Textbook publishers are releasing new editions far too often and with renting, a student won’t be stuck with a textbook that they can’t sell back.

    All the best – Lorenzo

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