By Aunjolay Lambert |Staff Writer|
Call me old fashioned, but textbooks have been a part of my learning for years, and I refuse to switch from textbooks to eBooks. The first time a professor ever asked me to purchase an eBook I dropped the class. For me not having a physical book to read scared me.
It’s no secret that digital textbooks have started to take over college campuses. Now over 66 percent of U.S. public libraries are offering eBooks, causing more people to indulge in digital reading.
“I would rather use eBooks because they’re easier to read and I save almost fifty dollars on each book a quarter,” said student Courtnee Allen. Both eBooks and textbooks have pros and cons to them, but one of the major cons with eBooks is the battery power that is necessary for the device to function. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to have to carry around an extra laptop.
For students who don’t have a lot of extra money in their wallets, eBooks are not always the best option. Digital textbooks can still cost nearly as much as a regular textbook, and the price of the electronic device needed to read them can put a serious dent in your bank account.
“eBooks can’t make you nor can they break you. I look at it as more electronics I have to buy to stay modern,” said student Tyneshia Thompson. People who use eBooks consider them to be easy to read and like that you can carry several books at once without any extra weight. Many take advantage of the fact that you can highlight and take notes in them just like regular textbooks.
In 2004 the California State Board of Education took into consideration the weight of textbooks given to students, according to thejournal.com. Textbook weight ranged from eight pounds at a first grade level to twenty pounds in high school, which encouraged legislators to mandate weight limitations in California alone.
“Paper will be nonexistent soon, so we’d better get used to walking around with Kindles and iPads,” said student Willie Brown. I do see eBooks making an impact in the future, and most likely my children one day will come home with little iPads or a Kindle to read from, but I don’t see it happening anytime soon in my own educational future.
“eBooks will be our future whether people like it or not. I already know at least twenty people who have Kindles or iPads,” said Collier. “All it means is that we’re advancing.”
“Cheap” is the word that gets the attention of college students, but it still doesn’t interest me to jump in and start using them. People like me who are used to old fashioned textbooks and the style of learning that comes with them will eventually have to convert to what’s popular and more convenient. But until that happens, I’ll keep buying print textbooks.
Photos by Aunjolay Lambert