Kindle, Nook, i-Pad, and a dozen other e-readers have taken the market by storm. Here are some of the pros and cons I have considered.
CONS: Digital is new and therefore not all companies have published every title electronically
For the most part you need online access to read core material
It is a different process to take notes
There is a definite evolution, prejudice, and learning process that will be faced
You must have a power-source or plenty of battery life
Many textbooks have expiration dates after one to three years
PROS: Two pounds of luggage vs. 50
Volumes of additional resources included with e-reader for free
The e-textbook I have investigated were half the price of the hardcopy
Instant access to comments from others that have studied the text
Instant availability and updates
Ability to do homework at a remote location
There are many resources out there, but here are the top three that I have found for my classes. The Vol State Bookstore recomends Café Scribe. Most of publishers I investigated used Course Smart, and Vital Source.
Overall, I won’t know until the end of this semester if this was a good choice or not, but if this digital relationship fails, I hope that paper will still be patiently waiting for me on my bookshelf.
Volunteer State Community College