If you’re tired of lugging around piles of books, you may want to think about getting them on a Kindle instead. Many titles are available in this format through Amazon. You do not need to visit a bookstore, but you may search for your book by title and author directly from your device. Many times, these textbooks are cheaper than print copies are, and rentals are also available in some instances.
There are some disadvantages to buying books on Kindle though. For example, many professors do not allow electronic devices in their classrooms, so this could render your purchase unusable. It may not be possible to get all titles in electronic format, especially if your college has its own unique textbooks. Another question for you to consider is what you will do with the book when the semester is over. Unlike traditional textbooks, selling your e-book is not an option. This means you cannot recover any of the money you have spent for your materials.
A few high schools around the country have experimented with using the Kindle or other electronic media to download textbooks. Many of them claim this saves the school corporation over purchasing paper copies for their students. In many cases, this can also be a relief for parents who are concerned about their children developing back problems from carrying heavy backpacks.
Only time will tell if reading Kindle textbooks will become the wave of the future. If so, it could mean the end of many publishing companies, especially those who produce educational materials.