College students often struggle when paying for textbooks and then deal with carrying them around through the semester. The new advancements in online technology and e-books has started to change all of this.
Students can now buy their school textbooks for online college courses through a number of online retailers at a fraction of the price that traditional textbooks once cost. This gives added value to the student in many ways, one of which is having the most current edition for a cheaper price. Some textbooks are updated yearly, so buying them online is not as permanent as buying one in print. These are often hard to sell back and end up forgotten on the shelf.
Value also comes in the easier accessibility to the text while in class. Most students bring a laptop or tablet to class to take notes. They can now access their textbook on the same device, mark important areas and save their place with a few simple keystrokes. This makes it easier to search for and pull up required passages as needed during class and to make studying more efficient. This makes learning more enjoyable and less of a hassle when it comes time to prepare for a test.
Students can also improve their health by not having to carry around as many heavy textbooks in a backpack or bag. This reduces strain on the back and reduces the amount of weight that has to be carried. E-books offer many advantages to students and to schools when it comes to value with online textbooks.