First of all, the “server overload issue” is bogus. There is no server issue. Electronic books are stored in whatever device is being used as a reader. They do not require internet access except for the initial download. Anyone who uses a Kindle or Nook or any other reader knows this.
I watch my granddaughter struggle every day with a load of books that would break the back of a grown man. It has damaged her spine; the damage is permanent. She’s by no means the only one.
I don’t think any of the arguments against digital textbooks are valid.
The reason schools aren’t using digital books is because publishers have stockpiles of books they need to offload and they believe they won’t make as much money selling ebooks as printed textbooks. Wouldn’t it be a nice change of pace if the welfare of our kids was the issue rather than money?
There’s a much higher profit margin on the sales of e-books than there is on printed and bound books. It costs virtually nothing to produce an e-book, so aside from whatever it costs to maintain servers from which they can be downloaded (which is not the school’s but the publisher’s responsibility), in the long run publishers are will make more money. E-books are 95% profit.
Once you damage your back, it’s forever. It would be nice if they could get through high school unbroken!
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