Text Books or E-books?

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Many college students made their way back to class Monday, and are ready to hit the books, but a new trend may soon have students scrolling instead of turning the pages.

College bookstores are starting to offer E-books for certain classes, where students basically buy an access code that allows them to download a book.

This makes for lighter backpacks, and bookstore managers say E-books are about 25 to 30 percent cheaper than traditional text books.

Marietta College has a few classes offering the new technology, but students we caught up with say they're not ready to turn the page on old-fashioned text books.

"I like to have things in front of me concrete when I'm doing my school work, because computers give me a headache," Cassie Miller, a student, said.

"I think it's nice to have that to refer to anytime. You're not always near a computer, so I prefer the text books," Sammi McClelland, a student, said.

Bookstore managers say another drawback to E-books is that they're like subscriptions, and run out, so students can't use them for future references.

It also keeps students from being able to sell them back to the bookstore at the end of the semester.

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