Students who purchased e-textbooks saved only $1 in some cases when compared with others who bought traditional books, according to a new study.
The two-year study by Daytona State College, funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, evaluated students who bought traditional books, rented print books, rented e-textbooks and purchased e-books.
A few years ago, the introduction of e-books in college bookstores held promise for saving students money and becoming a popular choice among today's wired students. Instead, they've fallen flat -- with many students still preferring a paper option.
Students who purchase e-books also forfeit the opportunity to sell back their books at the end of the semester.