Originally Posted by NatCh
So in the spring, the university switched to a format that can be read on a laptop or desktop PC, using software called VitalSource. Even so, a large number of the students longed for the good old printed book. Nearly 40 percent of the participants surveyed in March agreed that "I study less because the e-textbook makes studying more difficult."
That is not too surprising. The current eReaders out are really optimized for reading straight through a book, not flipping back and forth quickly or searching for information. While it could be cheaper to have an eBook there is something lost from not having an actual textbook when it comes to studying. Until a screen like Pixel Qi comes out (and is tested to work effectively) reading long passages of boring material will be 10x as bad with the backlight making your eyes droopy I'd stick with a regular textbook at least until Pixel Qi or Plastic Logic make their debut