We have seen plenty of arguments as to why digital textbooks are good. They can be updated with the latest content; they can be cheaper to buy and students can even rent them; and they are a lot lighter to carry around than a backpack full of books.
But some argue that digital textbooks aren’t given the same attention as print textbooks.
According to The Kansas City Star, two-thirds of University of Washington graduate students who were given Kindles to study on abandoned barely used them by the end of the year.
The Kansas City Star has more: “In another recent study, 500 undergraduates at the University of California were asked to compare printed books with e-books. Most of the students said they still preferred reading from pages rather than from screens. According to a report on the study, many of the students ‘commented on the difficulty they have learning, retaining and concentrating’ when looking at a computer screen. In a typical complaint, one of the students said, ‘E-books divide my attention.’”