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BBB Advice on Textbooks versus E-textbooks

Posted at: 01/05/2014 6:21 PM
By: Better Business Bureau



With another semester right around the corner, you can bet that some college students are already starting to do their research online, trying to find the best deals on textbooks. According to CollegeBoard, college students spend an average of $1,200 per year on textbooks. It’s no secret that expenses are high for students pursuing higher education and many young adults are constantly seeking ways to save money. Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) reminds students e-textbooks are an option to consider.
 
Many publishing companies have begun to offer textbooks in an e-textbook format, made for computers, tablets and e-readers, at a lower price than the hardcover texts found in campus bookstores. So why aren’t more students opting for a tablet instead of carrying around multiple textbooks? There are some advantages and disadvantages to using a tablet or e-reader rather than traditional textbooks, and the BBB suggests that students should consider them all before making the decision to switch up their study tools.
 
Reasons students should consider e-textbooks:

Reasons some students might stick with traditional textbooks:

If you choose to opt for a tablet or an e-reader, you will also want to do some research to find out which model is the best fit for you. Read consumer reviews and make sure you understand the features that each tablet offers. If you already own an e-reader or a tablet, you may want to experiment with one e-textbook, to see how – and if – that works for you.