UNLV E-Textbooks Provide Students With an Alternative Way to Read Their Textbooks
With the popularity of book readers such as the Amazon Kindle Touch and the Barnes and Noble Nook, UNLV has also joined this forward technology with e-textbooks. E-textbooks are electronic forms of traditional textbooks, which include all the necessary materials for UNLV students. In some classes, some are bundled with extra features and exercises to stay one step ahead.
E-textbooks can be used with I-pads, computers, laptops, nooks, notebooks and many more.
The UNLV Bookstore General Manager Mondana Eghdami shares her views on students experimenting with e-textbooks and the benefits they bring to education. “I think it’s wonderful. The features of e-textbooks are great,” Eghdami said.
Eghdami said that e-textbooks are a good way to stay ahead in class, if they’re actually just in textbook form because the price isn’t as high. But if it’s bundled with class materials, the price skyrockets.
“The cost of textbooks goes up when they’re bundled with others features of the class” she said.
This year the bookstore has seen pricing of e-textbooks become comparable to those of traditional textbooks, Eghdami said. “There’s always going to be people who are looking for a hard cover and a traditional textbook,” she said.
According to Eghdami, e-textbooks can be a good investment because of the additional features in some of them. The features include everything from online exercise activities, automatic grading to feedback from students and professors.
“The teachers don’t even have to touch the homework,” she said. “Obviously it’s easier for teachers,” she added.
Students can do a lot of activity with e-textbooks by highlighting and sharing notes among themselves and moving their syllabus into a platform, Eghdami said.
Eghdami said, “Teachers feel like students will benefit from this. The cost is higher sometimes, but I’m not going to judge that.”
According to UNLV student Nadia Abdullah, “Personally, I’ve never used an e-textbook, but I have heard of other students at UNLV who have used them before. I’ve always been curious about them.”
“The way technology is going, it should definitely benefit students in the future,” Abdullah said.
Abdullah said that e-textbooks are more convenient because of all the new smart phones coming out and laptop improvements. Students can use them anywhere.
Abdullah believes that in the future studying will become easier and students will be able to use the advantage of just highlighting a keyword in the e-textbook and be able to look up a question that way
“I would like to use e-textbooks in the near future and if I have the opportunity I would definitely take it,” she said.
“If I had the choice of using a regular traditional textbook or e-textbook, I would want to use an e-textbook,” she added.
Eghdami said that within the next five years, 70 percent of books will be electronic and 30 percent will still be in traditional textbook form.
“I still love books and if I can still get a hard cover of a book, I would,” Eghdami said. “The future of e-textbooks is here,” she added.
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