E-readers provide a fresh new approach to literature, but the students who are enrolled in college still ask when the textbooks for their classes will be available.
Since e-readers provide a digital version of the book, the book itself is cheaper to produce, which makes the price of the textbook cheaper.
A big part of a student’s finances go to the purchase of textbooks. Many of those books can range from $50 to $150. (Paperback vs. hardcover) can leave a huge dent in a student’s wallet. The students spend anywhere from $50 to $300 for books on an average.
Navy Meach, a liberal studies major, is a part-time student who spent $86 on one book. Meach said, “When I was a full time student I spent $200 to $300 here, when I was at Cal State Long Beach, I spent way more because everything is more expensive there.” Jose Gonzalez, 20, an urban planning major, said, “I usually rent mine to keep the costs of books down.” Gonzalez spends $250 or more on textbooks.
Rochelle McCoy, a book department manager at LAC, said the campus store offers several options for students to purchase their books. Ranging from buying used books to renting the books. McCoy explained that students spend about $250 to $350, depending on the student’s classes. McCoy said “We’re now offering 250 rental titles, students can go to the online bookstore, and see the price for the book and don’t realize that other options are available.”
McCoy said, “We offer probably fifteen to twenty e-books, mostly for online classes.” E-books in the bookstore do exist, but are having a slow rise. McCoy explained that not every student has access to e-readers or even computers some times. McCoy explains that Apple’s I-book project is the one of the first to offer e-books but so far Apple is just working with elementary schools.
McCoy furthered explained that e-books would take longer with the older generations. McCoy says the younger generation’s would be more likely to use e-books, because they are familiar with the technology.
Although e-readers and e-books offer alternative ways for textbooks they can come with their own set of problems. E-readers are still a powered device, where as some students still prefer the hard copy of the books, because it helps keep focus and is always readily available. E-readers are battery driven, so if the battery goes out and an outlet is nowhere to be found the e-reader is useless.
The e-books for e-readers are non-refundable, and in some cases may expire, once the semester is over. McCoy explained how some students like to use the books for references.
E-readers and e-books have their advantages and offer a revolutionary way to literature but e-textbooks are still a slow transition. E-readers and e-books are a long ways from taking over, and then the famous Jetson’s flying car is even further away.
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