Indiana University has been piloting a program for the past few years that puts some students in classes taught entirely using electronic versions of textbooks. In the program, students pay a fee that's included in their course fee, then receive texts digitally instead of in hard copy.
"It's really nice because the fee was included in the course, so I don't have to go to the bookstore and buy a textbook or anything," said Katy Malek, an IU sophomore.
Malek said she also liked that using ebook versions saved money over traditional textbooks.
Not all students are on board, though. A number of students like first year medical student Chris Evenson said they still prefer to have a physical text to use in class.
"I'd rather sit down and write on it ... rather than read it off a computer screen," Evenson said.
At T.I.S. Bookstore near IU's campus, textbooks are still a popular choice, but the store has had to adapt to offer growing ebook options from publishers.
"Ultimately it all revolves around the best way for the student and if that's the best way to learn, then this is the best way to go," textbook manager Tim Lloyd said.