Even if print textbooks are still being sold, the popularity of eTextbooks is increasing. Although there are different opinions on this subject, eTextbooks are quickly becoming adopted by many universities, changing the students’ learning experience.
In addition, most of the current students have grown up using smartphones and reading on screens. Therefore, they find easy to download books, highlighting key ideas, taking notes and interacting with multimedia content within their reading.
Here below, we have put together 6 benefits eBooks can bring to students, changing their learning experience.
Save delivery time
As eBooks have a digital format, students do not have to worry that they will not receive a book in time for the new academic year. Print books can take up to two weeks to be delivered. On the contrary, digital textbooks are available immediately so students can start learning after a few clicks of their mouse.
Save the environment
In 2008, the publishing industry was responsible for the harvest of nearly 125 million trees. Therefore, as we are living in a world where the future of the environment is extremely uncertain, everyone should think about this problem. By moving to digital, people can help conserve natural resources.
For students who struggle with tuition fees and the cost of living, eTextbooks can be a solution. Indeed, ebooks provide easier access for those students who have difficulties in meeting the costs of print books. But how can ebooks be cheaper? Digital textbooks eliminate the costs of shipping and delivery reducing their cost by 30-35% compared to print textbooks. These savings can also be ideal for institutions, which can invest more on lecturers, extra resources for students and new programmes.
As ebooks are often integrated with digital smart tools, students adopt them to study smarter. Indeed, utilising those digital smart features, learners will spend less time looking for resources and more time on learning activities which can improve their GPA.
In addition, the digital aspect prevents students from worrying about ruining a book with notes and highlights and offers students multimedia quizzes and tests at the end of each chapter so as they can verify their knowledge level about a topic.
Digital textbooks can be a solution for students who have disabilities. Indeed, learners with reading challenges or visual impairments can benefit from the modern eTextbooks features such as the text-to-speech function. As well as this, they can change the colour and size of the font to adapt it to their needs.
Learning on the go
Students can learn wherever they want as they can use their tablets and eReaders anywhere and at any time. In this society, everyone is busy but thanks to the technological devices, everyone can access content whenever they have time.
Even if there are pros and cons to everything, digitised books provide easier and more flexible options to students and teachers who are looking for alternative learning methods.