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A letter from the editor
February 6, 2024

EDITORIAL | Textbooks over techbooks

How would you feel if you found out that you never had to purchase another textbook again? Never had to stand in line at the bookstore again? Never had to haul those math and science tomes from the farthest corners of the North parking lot?

Northwest Missouri State University is making this a reality for its students. This semester they have gone to all electronic texts – that’s right, book free. Students are issued a laptop with their textbooks downloaded on it when they arrive on campus, in an effort to keep up with a generation of students who can’t remember a time before the Internet and cell phones.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? But imagine, if you will, the simple trust issues that have developed from relying on and being let down by your cell phone, laptop, Wi-Fi, email attachments, etc. What would happen if your textbook/laptop crashes? What if the power goes out and you cannot “power” your textbooks? These are not issues you find with regular textbooks.

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Also, what would all those students who sit in the library to use the Internet and computers do? Besides, City College is cutting its budget as it is, so we doubt that a shipment of new Sony laptops is coming to us anytime soon.

Moving into a virtual world may be where our civilization is headed, but as far as we are concerned technology has a lot of catching up to do.

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