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eTextBooks are an utter failure, for now

28 Oct

In grand hope of reducing the backpack load of an wannabe entrepreneur MBA student, I ordered eTextbooks for my courses this semester. I have used them in the past for mostly reading purposes. How hard it could be to work on them and solve some statistics and accounting problems. Well, that is not how it all works and this is what i actually found:

  1. Doing math or accounting problems on eTextbooks are not that easy
  2. If your questions span multiple pages, flipping back and forth is way too time consuming
  3. Many math symbols don’t show properly on your browser, sometime they appear ok on iPhone and iPad but not on PC, who wants to do math on iPhone…
  4. Staring into the white screen for long hours, well that isn’t that great either, i get eye strain
  5. Storms and out of coverage situations, your books vanishes with it, forget trying to finish up reading on vacation or when you are hunkered down for a storm and the midterms are due next week
  6. The only useful thing i ended up using was the search, which worked wonderfully

Sadly, i had to return the eBooks and resort to the plain old print book, which were easy to work with, but heavy to carry in my backpack. I will have to wait for a better eTextbook in the future.

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