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Students Still Not Yet Ready for Digital Textbooks

19 Jun

While publishers are increasingly creating and selling digital materials and students increasingly have the devices on which to consume that content, only 3% of students last semester used a digital textbook as their primary course material (for a specific course). That’s down from 4% for the fall semester.

Overwhelmingly, students prefer print, according to the survey of 1,540 undergraduate college students at both four-year and two-year institutions of higher education.

When asked why, about half “prefer the look and feel of print;” nearly half say they like to highlight and take notes in the textbooks; and a third cite that they can’t re-sell digital textbooks.

Among those few students who prefer digital textbooks to print, the reasons are the price, the ability to search the text and how easy they are to carry around.

According to U.S. director of Bowker Market Research, Carl Kulo, who developed the research, price and benefit to the student are the main factors that influence students to try and use new and different course materials. Read more on the digital textbook Bowker Market Research

Indiana State University compares Paper vs iPad Textbooks

10 May

Research by an Indiana State University doctoral student found that students did equally well on a test whether reading from a digital book or a printed one.

Jim Johnson, who also is director of instructional and information technology services in the Bayh College of Education, surveyed more than 200 students. Half of the students used an iPad2 to read a textbook chapter while the other half of the students read from a printed textbook chapter. The students then took an open-book quiz with eight easy and eight moderate questions on the chapter.

“Few people have done a lot of research into what I’m doing,” Johnson said. “Mine directly ties performance with perception by undergraduates.”

Johnson’s research specifically examined three questions: Are there any significant differences in reading comprehension test scores of students when using paper texts versus digital texts? Are there any differences in reading comprehension test scores with regard to gender or between text formats and gender? Is there a relationship between the hours of experience using tablet computers and reading comprehension test scores among study participants?

“No matter what the format, no matter what the preference, they did well,” he said. “It was interesting that the gender didn’t matter on the test scores.”

Men had a mean score of 12.87 out of 16 while women had an average score of 13.60 out of 16. Students age 21 had an average score of 13.87 out of 16 while students 25 and older had an average score of 13.5 out of 16.

He also found that there was no significant difference on test scores whether or not the participant had past experience on a tablet.

“The delivery method didn’t make any difference,” he said.

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How to Find Cheaper College Textbooks

5 Apr

For new college students one of their first lessons learned may be about the cost of textbooks.  They may be surprised to find that they are paying $150 for a textbook, then getting a mere $20 when reselling to the campus bookstore at the end of the semester. The college book store is an exciting place for a freshman with all the college gear and campus logo items. You can’t help but have school spirit and think this is the place to outfit myself for all of my school needs.

A student needs to look past the glamor and look at the reality of the prices. College textbooks rise from 6% to 10%, on average, every year — that’s way past the rate of inflation. There’s nothing more frustrating than paying the full retail price or more on textbooks only to find out that many books are available at a discount. The cost of buying the textbooks can easily add up to $900 or more a year.

Thankfully, regulations that went into effect in about a year ago that was targeted to help students shop more competitively for the needed textbooks. Publishers can no longer bundle their textbooks with accompanying materials like workbooks without offering the items separately, and they must reveal their prices to professors when making a sales pitch. Colleges, meanwhile, are now required to provide students with a list of assigned textbooks during course registration, which allows for more time for shopping before classes begin.

That’s especially important now because there are an increasing number of ways to save on books if you buy or rent them online. One of the best tools is to use an online site that compares college textbook prices.  Finding cheap textbooks across dozens of sites would be time prohibitive but price comparison sites make it a snap. You should be able to compare new, used, rental, international edition as well as digital download versions of your book to make an informed decision on where to buy your books.

About the Author

Bob Jones set up Cheap-Textbooks.com, an internet website devoted to saving students cash and operates a blog on cheap textbook news and trends.

Digital College Textbook

18 Jun

Instant access and cost savings are the big advantages of using digital downloads and etextbooks. You have instant access while saving time and money. Low upfront cost, no more lugging heavy books around, easy on the environment, no sell back hassle, and enhanced features like highlighting and note taking. Off to class? The library? The beach? A couple of clicks is all it takes to study anywhere with your iPad, iPhone, Nook, Kindle or tablet. If you need a hard copy you can always print your etextbook.

There are a number of sources for digital or eTextbooks for college and I expect more to join the market in the next year. As more sites offer electronic textbooks it will be important to use a pice comparison service like I discussed on the home page. There is a new site that specialises in digital college textbooks called eTextbooksCheaper.com. And another site for downloading iPad textbooks

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