Living the student life is often fun but the downside for many is that there are a lot of outgoings to cover and not much income to cover them – unless you are lucky and have an endless supply of cash. A good job helps too but that’s not available to everyone. There are some things you can do however to ease the financial pain and some can really make a difference. Students need books and academic books are horrendously expensive.
Internet publishing is a fast growing market
The Internet however is becoming more and more of a marketplace and one of the latest ways that publishers have found to enable the more widespread accessibility of books (while making a profit too – there is generally a less than philanthropic motive for big businesses). The great thing is that the average text book price which is in three figures can be reduced substantially with only perhaps a quarter of the recommended books actually needing to be purchased. This is because some books are required in situ as it were as you may need them to do the work and you need all of them, for long periods; a medical glossary or a decent English dictionary might be examples of the type of book that would still need to be owned in hard copy. The remaining books, depending on the course you are on – will generally be available on loan. Any student with a laptop or tablet (that’s probably 99.99% of you) will be able to pay a much less than purchase fee to use text books from a library.
Never a book shortage again!
From the library’s perspective, there is no shortage of books ever, so they can rent out the same textbook simultaneously to thousands of students who could never afford them otherwise and would have to physically go to a library to access the content – or pay hundreds of dollars for a copy. The world benefits too as the environment is damaged less through electronic publishing as opposed to hard copy. The use of mobile devices such as tablets and other readers makes it even easier to use eBooks in a practical sense.
How are eBooks managed and paid for?
There are a number of eBook libraries that offer eBook for rent. Some of them use Adobe Content Management which basically requires lenders to take out an Adobe account. This account allows for any one of 6 physical devices that the lender designates, to access their own personal library account. The lender takes payment (a lenders fee) and then places the book in the personal library of the person who paid for it. It can be for a single chapter, for a limited time whatever the agreement is. For students facing huge bills for books, this is real opportunity to cut out the cost of hard copy paper and lend electronically. Although some of these libraries are in their infancy, the eBook lending trade is ramping up and is bound to keep expanding as more publishers get in on the game. The average student should be able to at least halve their academic book bill – that’s something to write home about!
Author Bio- Raymond Ray is a data recovery engineer at Salvage data recovery with an extensive background in researching about technology and gadgets. He enjoys sharing his tips and insights about technology and gadgets on various blogs.