Are electronic textbooks ready for prime time?

07/20/2009 | Wall Street Journal, The

Electronic textbooks have received mixed reviews from some college students, with many complaining that they make reading awkward or inconvenient. Educators are also divided on whether electronic texts are cost-effective, because they carry a high upfront cost. One California superintendent said elementary-school students quickly became engaged in course work with electronic textbooks, but there are no indications whether learning improved.

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