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Viewpoint: Is it time to end the textbook?

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Here is one of those ideas that just makes too much common sense  to actually be put to use.

Why aren't college text books offered as a digital download to a kindle, or the like, and allow students the convenience of this widely available technology?

With growing cost of College tuition, the savings from digital books seems to be such a no-brainer.

The average cost is about $1,000 per year per student, and they receive back a pittance when trying to resell the used books.

This has appeared to be a racket, for decades. The class professor says you must buy the latest edition of the text book, where the author has changed one chapter, and costs your another $150 bucks, good for just one semester.

You know someone's profits are involved in changing this process, but if the book authors and publishers are making money, if you download a digital copy of Harry Potter, and the Twilight saga, then why not a college textbook???

Help us continue to ask for this common sense change to digital college texts books.