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College costs, Part 3

A new survey shows that college students still prefer to access written information through real books rather than e-books.

I'm a little surprised by that because I have assumed that the high cost of textbooks would eventually push these materials out of the marketplace. In a class I taught at the University of Texas in spring 2012, I did not require a text; it was too expensive, in my opinion. Instead, I did a lot of extra work to get different kinds of things in students' hands.

Surely e-book texts would be cheaper than paper books.

But, maybe there is something other than price going on here. I'm thinking that maybe students value bound texts over e-books because a) they plan to keep the books after college; and b) they like to highlight text and to write in the margins.

I mean, I liked to do the latter, and as to the former, I kept some college textbooks until about six years ago -- nearly 30 years after buying the last of them.

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