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