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College students: Tablets will replace textbooks by 2017

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by AQ_OC, Mar 21, 2012.

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    I expected it much sooner than that.
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    I hope it will be cheaper for them!! ;)

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    why would tablets do it if netbooks havent? still sceptical...
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    Because netbooks were never widely adopted.
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    It is funny how this article is mentioning what I predicted a few years ago when I got my Nook Color...lol...

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    The colleges aren't gonna like that. Don't they usually rip people off for textbooks? What will they do know? ;)
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    Nobody likes expensive textbooks for student....profs aren't happy about this either.
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    Most colleges are making the first efforts to initiate the move. There are several reasons, one of which is lower costs, another is flexibility. A class textbook must be selected months in advance. A few years ago, I took a class where the instructor moved just before. I had purchased the text he had chosen, but the new instructor changed the textbook. With digital textbooks, it would be simple to download in the first day of class, with updates and instructor notes. With a local hub setup, homework can be turned in instantly. Also do not forget that books take a large amount of room and space is often at a premium on campuses.
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    They'll probably still get their cut by renting the e-books to the students for the length of the term.
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    Actually, colleges are not making much from textbooks. It is the publishers and a few professors who make their books the required text.
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    I quiet agree with you, but don't you think it will create some problem of reference in the future as I can see with something like iPad that you can retrieve data from the iPad to any media like or transfer, so immediately you loose your device or machine by any means it goes with it
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    Last year’s findings indicated that college students were primed to buy Apple and Android tablets once the technology became more available and cheaper. Only two in 10 college students said they had no interest in buying a tablet in 2011, and 86 percent of respondents said the “devices help students study more efficiently.â€
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    Do you all know any sites where I can download texts?
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    It's true. I got my iPad shortly after they very first came out. In my first year.
    Everyone stared at it in lectures, and I felt like a show off for using it.
    Now I'm in my third year, and it seems like everyone has one!
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    The advantage that tablets have is portability. Students cannot carry all of the texts and other documents they need. It is too much weight to manage, and if you set your texts down, they are targets for theives. Especially if you have a laptop in the bag with the texts. And imagine if you are in class 40XX, which requires that you pass 20XX and 30XX. At times, you may need to reference material from the previous levels. With the tablets, you can do this, plus get information from the internet to support what you need. Hopefully, a future side benefit of tablets will be the use of interactive media that can help those people who are not as good at theoretical concepts from written text.

    Eventually, the big advantage may be the effect on library services. The library is the core of campus life and is an enormous part of the campus. Not only is the main library enormous in size, they often have a depository where books are stored and brought in by request. Plus certain disciples requires that they have their own library to get accredidation. For example the School of Architecture may have a smaller library of its own, only a block from the main library. What if students can check out any book or periodical without leaving their dorm? Instead of several huge buildings that take hundreds of employees, you could cut staff by 75% and have a depository for special texts, and a small office for digital book processing. One big advantage of such a system is that the books never wear out, the one you want is never checked out, and they will not get rid of one to make room for another.
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    The only issue I see is dealing with lost, damaged, or defective units. The bookstore would have to serve as an authorized dealer and students would need to buy same day replacement insurance.
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    I'm finishing up my last semester in college right now. 3 more weeks!! Woot!!! Personally I prefer books then an ebook. With a physical book in front of me I can concentrate.

    Using an ebook, I got the internet right at my hands. I wouldn't get any work done. Just end up procrastinating the whole time.

    I don't get my books at full cost in store though... I buy the international editions on ebay. Same content. Different cover and lower quality paper. A lot times I don't see a difference in paper quality.

    .. international investments book in bookstore.. $260... International edition on ebay... $50. That's how much a book should cost lol.... $260... **** that...

    Some people can do an ebook... I can't. But I'm curious for those who can use an ebook.. what their ending grade is for the class. Wish they did a national poll. That would be an interesting graph to see. Does it really help students or not...
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    In 6 more years ereaders will be used by so many kids by the time they get to college they will be trained to use them and better able to concentrate.
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    My book for my class next semester is only $48 dollars in Kindle format. Or I could buy it for $150 and it's only selling back for $50. Ebook all the way!

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