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20
Mar
eTextbooks vs Print, Who wins?
by Amy Donelan

The great standoff between Batman vs Superman may be difficult to choose but when it comes to the classic tale of eTextbooks vs print books, we can help with that dilemma.

So without further ado...

  • Round 1: Portability

According to Einstein’s theory of E=mc2, filling an electronic device with 4GB storage made up of eTextbooks equals approximately 0.000000000000000001g. The same number of print books equal 3,500 tons.

Winner: eTextbooks

  • Round 2: Cost

Students can save an estimated 50%* when purchasing eTextbooks. Although, it has to be said in order to use eTextbooks users must purchase, or already own a compatible device. This obviously raises the cost considerably - but when the average household already owns 7.4 devices, the potential savings on eTextbooks over print surely outweigh the cost of a device.  

Winner: Draw

  • Round 3:  Sustainability

One tree creates approximately 62.5 books and each year (in the US alone) 2 billion books are produced….that’s 32 million trees.

eTextbooks use 0.

Winner: eTextbooks

  • Round 4: Physicality

The most common complaint against eTextbooks is that users prefer to hold something physical instead of holding an electronic device or reading from a screen. 

Kortext has created an option to print sections of eTextbooks. Although this is restricted it's a great way to have the best of both worlds.  

Winner: Draw

  • Round 5: Extra Features

When you buy an eTextbook you not only buy the information inside, you also gain access to extra features such as online searches, definitions and annotations, which simply aren’t available in print books.

Winner: eTextbooks

So without going the full 12 rounds, there is a clear champion here - eTextbooks (obviously!)

*stats based on US data.

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