In an opinion piece in the University of Minnesota Duluth student newspaper, the writer observes how online version of textbooks cost significantly less than actual textbooks and how students can save money by using the online version only. Not only can these online books be read on PCs, they could also be brought in to class via electronic devices like iPads or Kindles. As more textbook publishers start producing online versions of their textbooks, it is likely that the number of students purchasing physical books will decrease.
Some problems that might stem from using this model would be that instructors could more easily deviate from the book and not follow the course curriculum although it is assumed that students and other faculty will make sure that this doesn’t happen. You can read the entire article at the link below: