E-books and e-readers are quickly changing the face of education, especially at the postsecondary level. This new technology has brought many positive benefits to both students, the environment and to school expenses.
With the ready availability of e-books and the lowering price of e-readers, students now have the capability of carrying around a library in the palm of their hand. These devices allow students to buy and download a book over a wireless internet connection in a matter of moments. No longer do students have to purchase expensive texts, lug them around campus and then sell them back for a fraction of the cost they originally paid for them.
Many textbook publishers have made their list available through such companies as Barnes and Noble, Amazon and other online retailers. The e-book version is usually cheaper than the print version, and students can save a lot of expense by buying them this way. Those pursuing online education degrees can easily access their textbooks while taking classes on their home computers.
Students can access their texts in moments, make notes on certain pages and have the device automatically save their spot when turned off. This convenience also helps to protect the environment by reducing the number of trees that have to be used to print textbooks. The savings for both schools and students, along with the advantages to the environment, make this new technology a perfect match for the coming future.