Friday, January 6, 2012

E-Textbooks: Saving a Dollar, Literally

One of the ballyhooed first programs of the “University System of Ohio” was an effort to save students money by pushing them toward “e-textbooks” that can be read on line or on a student’s computer or tablet.

The Board of Regents, the state agency that actually oversaw the e-textbook program, has now backed away from its direct involvement, and no wonder: According to an article in this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education, e-textbooks as a major cost-saver for students has failed to live up to its promise, as many students have saved as little as a single dollar over paper textbooks.

— Bob Burke