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Advantages and Disadvantages of Downloading Free Textbooks Online

13 Jun

Many students download free textbooks as an alternative to college books that  they need. But students should also know about certain advantages as well as  disadvantages of downloading books online.

Of all the benefits of downloading books is their cost. You can just download  free textbooks and save their money instead of spending them on bookstores.  There are a lot of readily downloadable books you can find on the internet if  you know the correct title, author, edition, or ISBN number of the book you are  looking for.

Laptops, tablets, e-readers, and other gadgets where you store your files  will serve as your own library. Instead of having a clutter of dusty and bulky  books on your desk during exam week, all you need is your gadget and you are  ready to go. Bringing several books all at once will not be a chore anymore when  all you have to carry is your laptop.

Better readability is also a factor since most e-books can be zoomed in to  make letters bigger and easier to read. You are also becoming more  earth-friendly when you download free textbooks and go paperless – your books  need no more paper or ink and you therefore help in making the world a greener  place in your own little way.

However, digital books are not without flaws. While you can download free  textbooks of different titles, it does not mean that you will be able to find  everything on the net. You might have a difficult time finding electronic  versions of books released fifteen or so years ago. There are still a ton of  books which are waiting to be transformed digitally.

Also, there is a growing concern among e-readers regarding their eye health.  Prolonged reading on a monitor causes eye strain. While other readers have the  option to limit the time they read off their tablets, students have less choice  but to stare on their screens for hours, reading their digital textbooks, most  commonly during cramming hours of exams and papers. Some people also dislike the  idea of e-books because they find it hard to concentrate reading off a device  with which they can do a lot of things with (a lot of apps!).

Last but not the least, the ‘startup cost’ might be a little high. Unless you  already own your own tablet or reader, you might find it expensive to buy a new  one – particularly if you are a student who wants to stay frugal.

Jules Mariano is a full-time freelance search engine and social media  marketing specialist and a web developer specializing in web content  development. He is the co-founder of VPRO Digital Marketing. He currently writes  for BookGator.

BookGator is a social  platform where students, instructors, and student interest groups can work  together to reduce cost of textbooks and education in general. Visit their site  to learn more about how to download free textbooks online.

Kindle Fire and E Ink Readers To Downloaded Textbooks

23 Dec

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