College Study: E-Books Falling Flat

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Monday, January 9, 2012

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.

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