When trying to choose an online college, it is very important to find out what textbook options are available. This is because many students are unwittingly duped into purchasing electronic textbooks that they are unable to use once the semester is over. To add insult to injury, these books are just as costly as traditional printed materials are.
I am a campus-based student who recently decided to take an online course with my university. I had previously done so and each time was able to purchase my textbook from the college bookstore. Apparently, there has been a change in the school policy because when I registered for this online class I was told I would receive an e-book.
They didn’t lie. I did receive an e-book-along with an additional charge of $147.00. I was a little surprised at the cost of this e-book, because somehow I had assumed it would be much cheaper than that. For my fee of $147.00, I will be able to access this e-book only during the time of my 5.5 week course, and only by logging into my virtual classroom. Yes, you read correctly. I am accessing this textbook for only 5.5 weeks, which means in essence I am renting the e-book for this amount of money.
As a result of my experience, I have decided to make students aware that other universities may be pulling the same trick. When choosing online courses, find out if you will be required to purchase an e-book or if it’s optional to do so. You might also want to know whether it can be delivered via Kindle, so at least you can retain the textbook when the term is over.