Project Timeline:The first couple weeks at the beginning of every semester
• At the beginning of each semester professors will let students know whether or not they are responsible for downloading a certain e-book for their class, but books can be downloaded instantaneously at any point in the semester
I think we all can agree that it’s about time to upgrade those over-priced, back breaking traditional textbooks. They have been a major expense for students (we’re talking hundreds of dollars) for too long now. E-books are a less expensive alternative to textbooks. Students will receive their e-books either through the school or online through the publisher’s website. They are quickly downloaded directly to a laptop which most students already carry around every day. The first weeks of school will no longer be spent waiting in long lines to pick up books, and workers won’t have to spend long hours trying to help students. Some e-books come with interactive features and you can highlight or annotate with your keyboard in the margins. Not only will millions of trees be saved but e-books are extremely portable and take up less space and weight in backpacks, which is a huge benefit for students. Many colleges are taking steps towards using all e-books and it can even be used in many other educational institutions.
Project Budget: e-book’s cost is about 50% less than the traditional text book, the school would most likely pay a fee for the license so they can distribute the e-book to students, or the books are available online for purchase by students.