This blog post focuses on six pros and cons of using digital textbooks. The cons discuss how digital textbooks are not always cheaper, especially when considering the cost of an e-reader and the cost of renting or buying the e-textbooks. In addition, the e-reader owned by a student may not allow for the downloading of an e-textbook required for a class. There is no standardization of format so it depends on the device if the e-textbook is available for use. The last con discussed is a health concern: excessive use of e-textbooks can lead to eye strain. The pros discussed in this post identify the lightweight factor as a definite positive, as textbooks add up to an astronomical weight. In addition, e-textbooks help with accommodations for special needs students. Finally, the poster appeals to the eco-friendly that hopefully exists in all of us: he says that one version may be greener than the other. He states that it has not been determined which one is greener than the other, but his language insinuates that he is leaning towards the e-textbooks.
Via Emily Dietrich, Kathy A Sage