Get rid of those bookmarks because bindings and paperback are a thing of the past.
In 2013, it seems more and more readers were being attracted to the alluring warm glow of a tablet screen over the physical pleasure of paper books. Contributing to the rise in e-books is, of course, the rise in e-readers, smartphones and, most importantly, tablets.
More than 50% of readers said that they read e-books on tablets or e-readers. Not to mention, The National Literary Trust survey found 52 per cent of 8- to 16-year-olds preferred reading on screen.
According to the Pew Research Center, 85 percent of Americans owned cellphones in 2010, 5 percent owned e-readers and 4 percent owned tablets. But in 2014, 90 percent of Americans have cellphones, 32 percent own e-readers and 42 percent own tablets.
This is bad news for librarians, but good news for students.
The College Board recently found that the average college student spends $1,200 a year on textbooks and supplies. This means textbook costs have increased by 864% since 1978.
What’s a cash-strapped college student to do this upcoming year?
Forbes did a study comparing the costs of print textbooks to e-books. They found that publishers have been avidly working with college campuses to allow students more affordable access when downloading books – as much as 60% less than a print textbook!
With a little more than a month left of summer, students should consider their options when buying textbooks.
Here are some tips for buying the perfect tablet for your student, taking into consideration their needs and budget:
- For use primarily at home, your student will need a simple Wi-Fi-capable tablet (3G or 4G Internet option not necessary). This will save you monthly data service fees.
- Tablets used on a day-to-day basis will likely only need the minimal amount of storage space for e-books, apps and daily assignments. A 16GB model should suffice, however when working with videos or video editing, more storage may be necessary.
- Refurbished electronics are often as good as one straight out of the box and usually come with the same warranty. The catch? Refurbished electronics are sold at a significant discount! The HOBI Shop on eBay is a good source for quality and price.
Tuition is high enough, save green where it counts with refurbished electronics.
The first day of school is approaching, and you need a way to organize new classes and reading assignments. Students on a tight budget are able to purchase perfectly good refurbished tablets at a low cost with standard warranty and return policies!
Don’t shell out hundreds of dollars at the store for a brand new tablet when refurbished electronics stores offer the same exact tablet, slightly used and completely tested, for half the price!
With a high quality, new or refurbished tablet, take the weight off your back and your bank account.