There's no question ebooks are becoming popular among students and educators alike. Touted as cheaper, lighter, and feature-packed alternatives to expensive textbooks, ebooks are taking classrooms by storm across all levels of education, from elementary school to graduate school. Even librarians are stocking up on ebooks, with the nation's libraries increasing ebook spending by more than 46 percent in 2013 (Library Use of Ebooks). Popularity, however, does not equal efficacy, and so the real question is: do ebooks help students learn?

The benefits of ebooks

A 2011 study sponsored by Kno found that 71 percent of students would prefer their required reading be available in a digital format. That makes s... more »
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You know you need to buy textbooks for your college courses; you might also know that Direct Textbook's powerful search engine can save you money by finding the best deals on new and used textbooks. But did you know you can also earn cash back for your new and used textbook purchases simply by enrolling in the Direct Textbook Cash Back Program?

The Direct Textbook Cash Back Program puts cash back in your pocket every time you make a qualifying new or used textbook purchase, ebook purchase, or rental from a participating Direct Textbook vendor. Currently 27 of the web's top used textbook sellers participate in the program, paying out up to 10% of the value of each sale.

Earning cash back for your textbook purchases is easy:

Enroll in the Direct Textbook Cash Back Program (it's free to join!)
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Ebooks have become a popular way to save money on college textbook expenses; but do you actually own the ebooks you pay for? The answer might surprise you.

The fact of the matter is that when you pay for an ebook, you might not necessarily be purchasing the textbook outright. Instead, you might only be purchasing access to the ebook, otherwise known as renting the ebook, for a set period of time – typically around 180 days.

The actual terms of your purchase vary by ebook vendor; some offer rentals, some offer purchases. The problem is it's often unclear as to what you're actually paying for at the point-of-sale. Thus, you might think you're purchasing an ebook when you're actually only renting it – a mistake that can prove costly if you plan on us... more »
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Textbook prices have skyrocketed in recent years, outpacing even the rising rates of college tuition and causing college students to seek alternative textbook sources in an effort to reduce overall education expenses. Fortunately, if you need to purchase textbooks for your college courses you have options, primarily:

buy new textbooks
buy used textbooks
buy international textbooks
buy ebook or “e-textbooks”
rent textbooks

The following review examines each textbook buying option in detail, lists the pros and cons of each, and offers real-world comparisons so you can make an educated decision regarding your textbook purchases in 2014.

Buying new textbooks

Buying new textbooks is perhaps the most convenient option, given that campus bookstores are routinely stocked with the latest editions. However, new... more »
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Many college textbooks today come with access codes that, accordingly, grant students access to additional course materials that enhance the learning experience. At face value, the concept of access codes seems straightforward; however, when skyrocketing tuition fees, textbook prices, and other college-related expenses force students to seek cost-cutting measures, the need for and availability of cheaper course materials leaves many students navigating uncertain waters when it comes to access codes. The following attempts to demystify access codes so you can make informed decisions about purchasing your college course materials.

What are access codes?

Access codes grant students privileges to additional course materials such as online tutorials, self-tests, course outlines, videos, interactive student forums, student-teacher feedback, e-textbooks, and other dynamic content.

The actual content depends... more »
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