For Textbooks: iPad eBooks or Hard copy?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by katyoshi, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. katyoshi macrumors 6502

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    Hey I'm in graduate school and in the nurse practitioner program. The books we use are huge and some books are even available on the Amazon kindle store. Do you think it'll be good to go digital and try stick with digital books as much as I can? I use my ipad in the clinic too. I think the books from Lange are good.
     
  2. afireintonto macrumors 6502a

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    i feel like it would be a great idea to have all my text books on my ipad! this spring, i'm gonna try and do just that. i'm a little ocd though, and i want all of my books in the same format. preferably in pdf or epub. (i like the books app)
     
  3. ExnomenDei macrumors regular

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    My only possible gripe with using books on my iPad is that I cannot use them while using my iPad for notetaking and browsing the web (something I do admittedly quite a lot during classes). However, I would rather get a second iPad and carry that around as well than carry the kilos of books I have to sometimes bring with me as well.

    A problem outside of the US however, is that a lot of textbooks are only available on paper. I do not really have the option of using the iPad (or OSX sodtware) at all, or else I would use it as much as I can.
     
  4. katyoshi thread starter macrumors 6502

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    You would actually buy two ipads for that purpose? I was thinking my MBP for notes and ipad for books and light notetaking during lectures where I don't need a book during the time. :confused:
     
  5. LiloThePleo macrumors 6502

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    You will be able to read, surf the net and take notes quite easily once multitasking arrives. I'm doing that as we speak.
     
  6. katyoshi thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Really? I guess we'll be saved with using and carrying around "one device" across campus. sometimes classes are very far away lol...
     
  7. surfkw macrumors member

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    $$$

    worth thinking about money though too. I've always bought used textbooks and the sold them at the end of my courses saving huge amount of money. Can't sell back your ebooks though. Even though it is nice and portable, chances are when you are starting in the hospital you won't have the time to look things up in your textbooks. good luck, there may be ebook readers out there (i dont know) that will allow for highlighting and note-taking, worth looking for as those are obvious drawbacks.
     
  8. ericvmazzone macrumors regular

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    I'm doing this this semester. All but one of my texts are available as ebooks. One is available only as an ebook through the uni. Two via the Kindle app and three on Coursesmart. The last one is only in print, but I've only touched that one once. I saved about $350 this semester alone.
     
  9. Theraker007 macrumors regular

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    im a med student and i read all my textbooks on the ipad with iannotate.. its awesome
     
  10. katyoshi thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I guess savings of an ebook sort of equals the books you would sell back? Though this isn't always the case since usually the university store would give you back like less than 35% of what you paid for the book if you bought it from THEIR store.

    You can read books with iannotate?
     
  11. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    After trying out my Kindle books on my dad's iPad last night, I don't know that I ever want to see another paper book. The app could use some work on searchability and other enhancements like that, but as far as reading it's awesome. There's no more "this book's text is too big/too small for me" excuse. If textbook makers can add good multimedia to their digital books, I would never buy another hard copy textbook again. It's worth taking the hit on not trading them in. I especially wouldn't miss lugging around that calculus book. Might as well throw an iMac in my backpack.
     
  12. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    I get as many textbooks as I possibly can through the Kindle app. While I enjoy reading them on the iPad, the Kindle for Mac application is also pretty good for the MBP or MBA.
     
  13. MXSkier62 macrumors regular

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    Stanford?
     
  14. benhollberg macrumors 68020

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    This doesn't really have to do with books but what is the difference from a nurse to a nurse practitioner?
     
  15. redshift1 macrumors regular

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    Depends on content for highly technical books I prefer hardbound for smoother navigating between different pages anything non-scientific ereader is fine.
     
  16. katokalin22 macrumors newbie

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    I think the hard part for you is finding books in ePub or PDF format if you want to read them on the iPad. Elsevier, who publishes most of the nursing books, does not have books on Amazon or other ebook platforms. I am in nursing school now, and I know it is not NL school, but I can't find any that you can in another place other than Elsevier. They have the market cornered and do not spread their books around.
     
  17. Coukos34 macrumors 6502

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    I prefer mine on the ipad. I think the best part about it is being able to perform a search within the book. Much more desirable than flipping through pages looking for what you need. Also it is a good point about returning books and getting some money back. While that it is true, I find the digital versions to be much cheaper, and when you return a book, you get crap in return. Seems to be a wash to me
     
  18. LinMac macrumors 65816

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    It really depends on your situation, but a friend of mine has found ebooks to be a perfectly good way to save hundreds of dollars every semester.

    $0 vs $600 is a no brainer.
     
  19. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

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    I totally agree. I took a real estate finance class and bought the Kindle version of the book for my iPad. Huge mistake. There's no such thing as page numbers, it's organized by word count I think. Good luck finding charts and graphs, especially if you change the font size. Maybe it's just me, not being used to the new method but I swore off ebooks for any subject that uses a lot of math, charts, graphs, etc.

    In addition, Amazon was only selling the 13th edition of the textbook in ebook form, which came out in hardback in 2006. The 14th edition hardback came out in late 2009. I took the class in 2010 using a 3+ year old version which is huge difference when it comes to the huge change in the real estate market and economy since the end of 2008. I was missing all the new chapters and analysis.

    For literature and history etc..... Ebooks may be fine but for technical stuff, I'll never buy one again.
     
  20. katyoshi, Nov 10, 2010
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    Too bad Stanford doesn't have a nursing school. They have a medical school, which the school gave their new incoming students ipads (part of their tuition). :D
     
  21. katyoshi thread starter macrumors 6502

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    A nurse is a Registered Nurse usually with a Bachelors degree. The nurses who usually work in the hospital floors like ICU, emergency etc; they care for the "patient's response to illness" by another care provider. Nurse Practitioners are graduate prepared Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who can practice independently and prescribed drugs, who care to "diagnose and treat disease and promote health". Look on www.allnurses.com.
     
  22. katyoshi thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Man this sucks. I wish all publishers would allow ebooks in amazon or ibooks. iBooks doesn't have jack for medical/nursing books. Sorry for the many posts guys...I'm so use to just replying separately like in facebook.
     
  23. jmann macrumors 604

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    I plan on using blue leaf on my books if I can't find them in digital. It's affordable I think. Only $100something for around 1,000 pages.
     

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