Trolling here... with a new semester starting, I wanted to start a discussion about e-textbooks, or online textbooks. I work for a university that is piloting these in a few online classes.
How it works:
Flash paper format (you can read, highlight, copy-paste, a screen reader can read it for accessibility purposes.)
1) Your textbook is provided to you online
- typically costs 50% less than a standard textbook.
- you can save to your computer for future use, and/or print it.
2) A textbook is prepared for you consisting of chapters/excerpts defined by the professor from multiple book sources
- cost is pro-rated accord to how much of each book is used, and costs MUCH less than purchasing multiple books individually
- again, you can save to your computer and/or print
+ They're very inexpensive compared to textbooks
+ Allows you to work literally from anywhere you have internet- which is great for online courses.
- Printing may be an expense/hassle if you want a tangible copy you can mark-up
- Some people may not like having to read everything on a computer screen.
Just curious... what you guys think about it?