Students like texting and iPhones, but are wary of eTextbooks

College students seem to love all things digital, with their iPhones, BlackBerries, and laptops. But when it comes to textbooks, it’s still a paper world for now, reports the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Even as students complain that textbooks are bulky, expensive, quickly outdated, and not Earth friendly, few are rushing for digital alternatives so far. eBooks make up only a small fraction of the textbook market because there are still too many downsides to using them, although that is changing, industry experts say. "What we’re finding is that students are not that comfortable with electronic media," said Stacy Volnick, director of business services for Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. "They still like the idea of holding and feeling a book." But students and industry experts predict that once electronic textbooks become as user-friendly as iTunes, the demand for eBooks will increase. For now, there are too many drawbacks, including expiration dates, no resale value, and an inability to write in the eBooks. "Highlighting, underlining, taking notes, sticking a bookmark inside–those things need to be replicated" for eBooks to be more successful, said James "JT" Thome, chief operating officer for the web site…

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