We’ve posted a few items in the past six weeks where students share their views about e-books.
An article in The Daily Iowan (University of Iowa) discusses that next semester the University Bookstore will have a service in place allowing students to download 125 e-book titles online without having to visit the bookstore. The store began selling e-books this semester.
The article includes the number of e-textbooks sold since the first day of class at the University Bookstore and the total for August, 2010 at the Iowa Bookstore.
The books cost around 40 percent of the price of their new print versions. The store has sold 97 e-books since the first day of classes [on August 23rd] and Richard Shannon, the University Bookstore general manager, said that number may rise once the e-books become available on the bookstore’s website.
“I wouldn’t use it because I don’t want to haul around a laptop all over campus,” UI senior Joshua Kersten said. “I like the satisfaction of using a textbook all semester and then turning it in for cash.”
Introduction to Computer Science is a UI class that offers the electronic version of its textbook in addition to print. Professor Alberto Segre, who teaches the class, thinks the only reason students choose the e-book edition is because it’s cheaper.
In August 2009, Iowa Book sold 38 e-books. This year, it sold 40.
The U. of Iowa has more than 30,000 students.
Finally, the article includes a couple of comments from the associate director of retail operations at the Illini Union Bookstore at the University of Illinois [Champaign-Urbana] where they offer more than 300 titles from three vendors.
Source: The Daily Iowan