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Yep, Students Want to Ditch Heavy Textbooks For Digital Versions

Liz Dwyer

There's nothing awesome about lugging around 40 pound backpack chock full of heavy textbooks, so it's no surprise that a new Nielsen report found that "71 percent of students want the ability to use their textbooks on their tablets." A full 42 percent of students already use tablet devices to read, which makes the transition easier. However, the outstanding question remains, particularly with school districts short on cash and nearly a quarter of kids living in poverty, who pays for the tablets?

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Great point. It would be great if carrying heavy textbooks also became a health issue that schools had to address.

    • Liz Dwyer

      Some schools are doing it by buying a set of textbooks that stays in the classroom, and then buying a set that goes (and stays) home with the student. But that's a pricey solution for sure.

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        Ya that seems ridiculous. Might as well just have digital stuff. Wish that could be in every school's budget...ha. :(