From The Fullerton College Hornet:
Most students dread the day a new semester begins because that means that they’ll have to spend hundreds of dollars on another set of textbooks.
Some sites like Amazon offer a free look into textbooks before buying it and the trials usually last a week before expiring in order for students to buy the books as soon as possible. And students, like myself, utilize these trials when we don’t have enough money to get all the books that we need.
Scott Malloy, one of the statistics professor here in Fullerton College, does not allow e-books in class. During the first day of class, he made it clear that we were not allowed to use any electronics during class whatsoever.
“Nothing replaces a hard copy,” said Malloy.
He thinks that it’s not easy to read and refer to material when the class swipes through the e-book to address and answer questions from the homework.
To him, it’s especially problematic when it comes to doing the chapter reviews at the end of each chapter. Students our found to be constantly swiping the screen to get to the page they need to get to to be too much work which causes them to perform poorly on exams.
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According to Debate.org, 68 percent of users say that e-books will never replace hard copy books.
Some of the Debate.org users believe e-books would eventually replace paper books, but some think that a physical book has soul and spirit that eBooks cannot duplicate.
Yesenia Diaz, an anthropology major, thinks that it’s possible to have the best of both worlds.
She is an avid reader that prefers both e-books and tangible books, but when it comes to textbooks, she leans towards e-books.
“It’s convenient to have textbooks in the form of e-books because I don’t have to carry 2 to 3 book at a time, I can just carry my tablet that can hold a ton of books,” Diaz said.
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At the beginning of the semester during an English class, the professor was asking everyone whether or not they had bought textbooks yet, and while she was talking about it, the book was downloading to my tablet.
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Having a hardcopy of a textbook also helps when it comes to professors having open book and open note tests because most don’t allow having electronics during tests since students can access the answers from the test on the Internet.
Link to the rest at The Hornet