The battle between e-texts and tangible textbooks continues
The spring semester is here so the fitting question would be, do you know how you are going to get your textbooks for class?
It is that time when you look up your classes and see if they are available at the campus bookstore.
You pray that the prices are not too high but they usually are.
You might plan out the whole budget to buy the books you need. Even at times you find gateways to getting these resources.
You might borrow or buy it from a friend, ask around, look up used versions online, try to print off the pages, or just chose not to buy it.
Those would be some options for getting physical copies of books.
Some students might look for the e-text versions to download onto their laptops or tablets.
Websites like Amazon and Chegg become popular where you can save up to 90 percent on textbooks and e-books.
As college students, we try to map out the best route not to spend much money.
The better deals are usually online and the outcome is much more satisfying then regretting having to spend hundreds of dollars on textbooks you might not even need or have to use.
Although the e-text version is more convenient to students with tablets it does not lower the cost.
According to USA Today, e-textbooks are a requirement in schools like Indiana and Cornell University for selected courses. This trend is certainly common in universities but not everyone believes that it is the best approach.
On tigerbookstore.com, most students prefer looking down at text they will not have to strain to read verses from the glare of a tablet screen.
Plus, they don’t have to worry about buying anything more than the textbooks they paid for unlike spending $70 to $500 on a Kindle or iPad plus the cost of books.
Yes textbooks are heavy and become tedious carrying around.
Tablets are expensive and yet ideal for carrying lighter loads but if your tablet powers down or breaks, you might find some relief knowing you have the actual textbook.