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College students like texting and iPhones, but they balk at electronic textbooks

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College students like texting and iPhones, but they balk at electronic textbooks

College students seem to love all things digital, with their iPhones, BlackBerries and laptops. But when it comes to textbooks, it's still a paper world.

Even as students complain that textbooks are bulky, expensive, quickly outdated and not Earth friendly, few are rushing for digital alternatives. E-books make up only a small fraction of the textbook market because there are still too many downsides to using them although that is changing, industry experts say.

"What we're finding is that students are not that comfortable with electronic media," said Stacy Volnick, director of business services for Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. "They still like the idea of holding and feeling a book."

Source:† sunsentinel.com

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