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    Quote Originally Posted by AQ_OC View Post
    I'm all for going green...but as an engineering type, I find that digital books leave a lot to be desired when you need to dig into a subject. I guess you can always print the relevant pages, but being able to flip back and forth just has some advantages. I find too that there are plenty of times when I want both a hard copy and a digital copy. It depends. I recently bought this:

    Amazon.com: NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions (9780521140638): Frank W. J. Olver, Daniel W. Lozier, Ronald F. Boisvert, Charles W. Clark: Books

    and was happy to see that it came with a CD that has a PDF version on it (which can also be searched). All textbooks should include both, IMO. I don't know how publishers can justify not including a PDF version or worse yet, selling it separately from the hardcopy and trying to induce you to pay for both! Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I'm still dubious about students learning only from digital copies, in some subject areas. And if you let them print, I think that could potentially be more wasteful long term than just having the hard copy, which can be shared and reused.

    I would be nice if digital versions of book were treated like software, so you can get updates with corrections and new features.
    I agree that it's sometimes easier to flip through books, or to have two or more books easily accessible at the same time. There are some features that are tradeoffs with digital books.

    One key thing in textbooks: Two states in the U.S. currently drive textbook curriculum, just because they buy the most books for their big school populations -- California and Texas. With print texts, every other state is basically pressured into buying books approved by those two states, whether or not they agree with content. With digital books, you can easily customize content. In some cases, choice might be a big selling point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaykaykay View Post
    I agree that it's sometimes easier to flip through books, or to have two or more books easily accessible at the same time. There are some features that are tradeoffs with digital books.

    One key thing in textbooks: Two states in the U.S. currently drive textbook curriculum, just because they buy the most books for their big school populations -- California and Texas. With print texts, every other state is basically pressured into buying books approved by those two states, whether or not they agree with content. With digital books, you can easily customize content. In some cases, choice might be a big selling point.
    Excellent point! Given that, I say bring on the digital textbook! We can have those Texas folk telling people what to think study! (I lived in both Houston and Los Angeles).
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