E-books replacing some textbooks at Ala. school

TANNER, Ala. (AP) — A
northern Alabama community college plans to transition from traditional
textbooks and offer students more digitally based education
opportunities.

Calhoun Community College president Marilyn Beck
told the Decatur Daily 32 courses at the community college will focus on
tablet and e-book education materials and students will still have the
option to purchase textbooks.

The newspaper reports instructor
Scott Throneberry gave emergency medical services students the option of
going completely digital or buying textbooks over the summer. He said
all of his students bought tablets instead of the books, which could
have cost up to $400.

E-books with supporting technology can cost
about $100, which Throneberry says is a major cost break from what
students typically spend on textbooks.

Beck says it's unclear how this will impact the school's bookstore.