I was just wondering how many currently enrolled college students buy/rent e-books instead of paperbooks, and what percentage of their classes they would even use the option for.
<p>I use ebooks frequently for my accounting courses because they are typically packaged with the homework software (WileyPlus). In this case, "buying" the book is at no additional charge since the hw software is mandatory. IMO, they are convenient to use. But I can vouch that I've been in that situation described above: I've had to complete many open book quizzes without a book. It's not a problem if you study, but many students would be uncomfortable with the disadvantage.</p>
<p>I don't think I would buy a textbook from, say, the Amazon Kindle store. Keep in mind that you can resell texts. If you buy a text used and then resell it as used in the Amazon marketplace, you could easily end up breaking even. There is no resale value to an e-book; the price is a net loss. That said, you get to keep the book. So, I would disagree with you: subjects where you want to keep your books (your major, maybe) are the subjects that merit an ebook.</p>
he reason I ask is that I wonder if a reader/ipad device would make a good gift for an incoming freshman.
<p>If you do decide to get an e-reader, I would avoid the iPad. It uses an backlit LED screen, which will strain the eyes just like a computer. If you're going to read on an iPad, you might as well read on your computer screen. Many e-readers (Kindle, Sony, Nook) use e-ink, which I've found is just like reading a book.</p>
<p>Anything that can play videos is useless as an ereader. It means it's continuously refreshing the screen hundreds/thousands of times a second. That's what hurts your eyes.</p>
<p>The nice thing about an e-reader is that it should save you money on pleasure reading, too. Many out-of-copyright books are free to read, including most classics. I can't tell you how many great books I've read for free--it's like an in-home library.</p>