Digital textbooks may not be such a good deal

Aug. 27, 2008
Report contends that online materials are too expensive and access to them is too restrictive

Many students and educators have pointed to online digital textbooks as an affordable alternative to the high price of college textbooks. But a new report asserts that commercial publishers are going about the digital textbook revolution the wrong way. Commercial e-textbooks are no cheaper than hard-copy editions when you take into account that students can sell print books back to the bookstore for half the cover price, according to the report from a national coalition of student public interest research groups. And restrictions on printing and online access make commercial e-books unfeasible for many students.

To read The Los Angeles Times article, click here.

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