Cost, Convenience Drive Shift to Digital Textbooks - Ed Brennan, UMass Lowell

Encouraging faculty to use e-books is the latest in a series of steps UML is taking to help students save money and keep them in school. The effort includes a new textbook ordering system that launched last year. The move is part of a national trend. According to an annual survey of college students by the National Association of College Stores, students spent an average of $413 on textbooks and course materials in the 2019-20 academic year, which is a 41 percent drop from 2007-08.

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