No more heavy backpacks. No more black print stains on your fingers. And just forget about the pleasant whisper of pages turning. Come this fall, University of Iowa students will have a virtual alternative to books and textbooks. But not all local booksellers are on board.
As an honors project for a Statistics 240 class at the University of Massachusetts, a group of students conducted a survey of fellow UMass students about their thoughts on switching to e-books and their current textbook preferences. Their results did not confirm the widely-discussed trend towards a paperless experience for students.
An Ohio research project is investigating just how students would prefer to get the text for their courses--whether in hard copy form, in versions suitable for mobile devices, or in some other digital format. An initial study done in fall 2008 suggested that student age and class format are factors that influence which format a student will choose.