Why Should Professors Switch to Digital Textbooks?

November 9th, 2020


Why you should switch to digital textbooks

Nothing beats the convenience of your students being able to access notes and other learning essentials anytime they want. More and more students prefer to study while in the comfort of their homes, cafes, or the library (and in recent times, they have to). The key lies in ensuring that you compile all the relevant literature in a digital format that allows easy access for all (education mobilization). Professors and other learning instructors from across the globe are shifting to digital textbooks especially in this period that has been plagued by the COVID-19 pandemic. The following are some of the reasons why digital textbooks are trending:

Easily shareable

Online learning has been proven to be quite effective especially in situations where you have students from different parts of the world. A digital textbook can be quickly shared among your students or other learners regardless of their location. There are numerous online applications that enable you to provide learners with all the necessary learning materials.

Cut down costs

The price of a hardcopy textbook isn’t cheap. The introduction of digital textbooks is extremely cost-effective for students, which are often already paying thousands in tuition. Since not much is used for their production, unlike printed copies, the price goes lower and hence makes it quite affordable to students.

Eco friendly

The products that are used for making a printed textbook are devastating.  The energy, paper products, and ink used have a negative effect on the environment and on our wallets. The reduction of such products, by switching to digital alternatives, has a great impact on the conservation of our planet. More or less, digital textbooks help students to be mindful while enabling them to learn even more. We think it just makes sense to practice conversation mindfulness when educating our future leaders. These two categories were born to be together.

Lessen the weight

Sometimes carrying textbooks to class or to the library can be stressful for learners. Research shows that an average textbook weighs about 3 pounds. If a student carries about 4 textbooks, that is about 12 pounds on the back which exerts pressure on the student’s knees hence affecting one’s health. Imagine a pre-med student negatively impacting their health, while they’re trying to learn about helping the health of others – this doesn’t make sense does it?

Add a personal touch

Creating coursework, depending on the customized solutions for students, increases productivity. Professors can make their coursework interactive for a much more effective learning experience for both themselves and your students. One of the major pain points that professors emphasize, is lack of control and autonomy in their classroom. With digital textbooks, they can customize the material to their specific teachings – and they can be the ones getting the commissions instead of some random publisher who can’t relate to their class.

Edits and updates

Physical books are edited and updated as editions. Such edits take time before they can reach the end-user. A digital textbook can be edited as frequently as needed without much hassle. Depending on the material in your digital textbook, you will be able to provide updated versions of your book to all your students – as information changes, so will your textbook. Better yet, if you use artificial intelligence for your textbook, changes and small updates can automatically be changed!


With digital textbooks, students don’t have to worry about their books getting destroyed in a fire or water among other things. One can easily keep their textbooks protected while in digital format. If you aren’t convinced to change to a digital textbook yet, you probably haven’t even made it this far in the article. If you are convinced, I’m glad you made it through the article. At the end of the day, colleges and professors are quickly digitizing their curriculum and those who haven’t by the end of this year, will be completely left behind.