Could digital download textbooks be the answer?
Published: Friday, January 17, 2014
Updated: Friday, January 17, 2014 16:01
It is no secret how students feel about the ridiculous prices of textbooks. Every semester comes the question, “Am I actually going to need this?”
Sometimes it feels that I am just throwing away the money as there have been times when I have barely used the “required” textbook in a given course.
The paltry sum received during the book buyback season also causes anger amongst the hard working students who feel cheated.
With everything now days moving toward a more digital age, one could ask, “Why not textbooks too?”
Some critics come against the digital method because it would cause extra stress on a person’s eyes. I agree that is true. However, many people would be spending that time on Facebook or Twitter looking at a screen regardless.
I will say digital textbooks are probably not for everyone, but I think they make a viable solution when considering the costly alternative.
Rather than spending lots of money on a physical book, it would be more cost friendly for students to be able to download copies of required texts.
According an article in TIME magazine, Amazon textbook rental service states that students could save up 80 percent by going digital with their textbooks.
When considering a 150 dollar textbook, saving that much money sounds very appealing.
The ideal solution I believe would be a pay-as-you-go system. A main concern I have when I buy my textbooks, like most people, is how frequently I will use them. Will I actually need them?
I think it would be nice to be able to download certain chapters of a textbook and pay for them, rather than buying a whole book and not using half of it.
Students would be able to pay for what they need and not being charged for what they do not. Going to college is already expensive enough. Cutting the costs on books would be invaluable for students.
After all they say, “a penny saved is a penny earned.” Lots and lots of pennies.