Friday, January 22, 2010

E-Textbooks in College Courses: Good Idea or Bad Idea?

Article from the Chronicle of Higher Education's Wired Campus: Leading E-Textbook Seller Reports 400 Percent Sales Increase in 2009 -

I really like the e-textbook concept in undergraduate courses. This technology was not present when I was an undergraduate, but I think that today's undergraduate student would really benefit from the technology. I promote the e-textbooks because they would save the students money (compared to an actual tangible textbook) and the students would not have to carry all of their textbooks across campus. E-textbooks also provide the students with interactive features that may help their learning process. I teach at a rural, 4-year, public university and my students seem to be resistant to e-textbooks, because many of them do not have a laptop computer to view the e-textbook. In addition, most undergraduate students look forward to selling their books back to the bookstores at the end of the semester and e-textbooks do not give them this option.

What is your opinion of e-textbooks? 

Millennial Professor/Jennifer T. Edwards


  1. I have read your post. You are right that E-Text books in college courses for under graduate students would be the good idea but it is good when a student can afford the lap top but the students who doesn't afford it what about that ?

    So, I think rather than E-Text books I think text books are better option for under graduate students.

    school of social work

  2. Dear professor, we're a company in Taiwan which focus on eTextbook reading solution for higher education. Can we refer your comments about eTextbook? Thank you very much!


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