LINCOLN — The digital age has brought e-books to the masses, but a Nebraska college bookstore executive says most students who shop at his store still prefer the old-fashioned kind made of paper.
John Parish, regional manager for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Bookstore’s parent company, Follett Higher Education Group, said his customers would rather buy or rent textbooks than acquire digital copies.
UNL Bookstore does have an online service, Inkling, for textbooks and related videos and animated graphics. The bookstore also offers an online service called CaféScribe, Parish said, that provides several digital services, including the sharing of notes with classmates or a professor. He said CaféScribe typically costs between 40 to 60 percent less than print books, according to the company’s website.
But Parish said the UNL Bookstore’s most popular option is Rent-A-Text, which can save students at least half the price of a new book. Students can still highlight words and write on the pages, but the books must be returned by the end of the semester. Otherwise, the students must pay fines and buy the books.
“That really stretches the budget at the start of the semester,” Parish said.
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