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Colleges Consider Forcing Digital Textbook Adoption

With the variety of cheap eReaders on the market these days, it might finally be time for students to adopt eTextbooks.

And textbook publishers and universities may begin forcing students to adopt this new model by only releasing digital versions of required texts. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports: “They’re saying that e-textbooks should be required reading and that colleges should be the ones charging for them. It is the best way to control skyrocketing costs and may actually save the textbook industry from digital piracy, they claim. Major players like the McGraw-Hill Companies, Pearson, and John Wiley & Sons are getting involved.”

The universities might be able to make money on this as well. The Chronicle of Higher Education piece continues: “Here’s the new plan: Colleges require students to pay a course-materials fee, which would be used to buy e-books for all of them (whatever text the professor recommends, just as in the old model).”

Do you think this will work?

Via TeleRead.

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