E-books Replacing Some Textbooks at Alabama School

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

TANNER, Ala. (AP) -- A northern Alabama community college plans to transition from traditional textbooks and offer students more digitally-based education opportunities.

Calhoun Community College president Marilyn Beck says 32 courses at the community college will focus on tablet and e-book education materials and students will still have the option to purchase textbooks.

The newspaper reports instructor Scott Throneberry gave emergency medical services students the option of going completely digital or buying textbooks over the summer. He said all of his students bought tablets instead of the books, which could have cost up to $400.

E-books with supporting technology can cost about $100, which Throneberry says is a major cost break from what students typically spend on textbooks.

Beck says it's unclear how this will impact the school's bookstore.

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