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Who needs textbooks anymore?

October 13, 2009

Over 7000 textbook titles digitized, with purchase options including a ‘subscription’ which dies after the semester, or download and keep. Usually much cheaper (50% on average) than buying the print version. Think about the weight of the backpack… no more huge textbooks to carry around. Or is carrying them part of a student’s exercise strategy?

CourseSmart is the leading purveyor of digitized textbooks says Campus Technology (a magazine available online and in print). Read more here.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 15, 2009 10:38 am

    So far I haven’t heard overarchingly good things about the Kindle. Just the opposite. For example, it’s pricey – another device to carry around. Supposed note-taking on the text isn’t easy, although highlighting is, so some students began to do that instead…
    The students in this study (http://tech.yahoo.com/news/ap/20091013/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_kindle_on_campus) seem to prefer paper itself, which would keep print textbooks around for a long long time… (unless the pricing becomes the main factor, which it could…).

  2. Catherine Perry permalink
    October 15, 2009 12:24 am

    The main problem with digital texts may be classroom use. In my classes, we constantly flip pages of novels to read passages together. Unless all students come into class with a fully functional computer, sharing passages will become nearly impossible.

    A possible solution: the kindle? I haven’t tried one yet. But again, the Kindle would have to offer all texts, in foreign languages as well as English, old classics as well as cutting edge experimental works.

    A consolation meanwhile: books for my courses aren’t heavy at all.

  3. Chris Clark permalink*
    October 13, 2009 3:53 pm

    I went to the site and didn’t see a lot for MY course, but that doesn’t mean anything. This is a good idea AND “they have an app for that”! I downloaded it and tried a book – VERY small print, but I’m an old guy.

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