E-Book Forecast: Cloudy

I found a must-read article on Wired .com today. Here's an excerpt:

Instead of lugging heavy textbooks to class, students can download individual chapters or entire digital textbooks to their personal computers and print them out.While most consumers may be reluctant to peruse an electronic edition of War and Peace, many believe that students will readily pick up a digitally enhanced textbook to highlight, search and take notes.

"Digital textbooks don't have the same hurdles as e-books," O'Brien said. "You're not reading a textbook for long periods. It's not an immersive experience. It's a reference experience."

"Digital textbooks for education offer a much better value proposition compared to e-books," agreed Eduventure's Chen.

In a separate survey conducted by e-publisher Versaware, 62 percent of students said they would choose an electronic textbook over a new print book.

Wired

This article was published in January 2001. It's amazing how little has changed.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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