Online textbooks are convenient, accessible and user-friendly. They provide a better learning experience with combining visual information such as graphics, images, audios and animations. It is represented by the best future of embedded videos and hyperlinks to supplemental studies. This kind of education is more interactive and sustaining for young generations.
However, many argue the risk and challenge online textbooks would take.
-Cost: It is believed that due to the copyright issue, there is no way to publishing all kinds of textbooks online for free. Thus, students may buy books from the internet such as ebay or iBooks from the apple store.
-Convenience: The internet based database and information network is easy to access when there is a wifi or internet connection. Further, electronic devices need to charge in regular which requires the electric supply.
-Usage: According to researches, long-term usage with electronic devices is bad for children in terms of eyes damaging and physical growth. For teens and young adults, the technical devices addiction is also a “social symptom”.
Jon Fortenbury argues the potential challenge in his blog whether digital textbooks are a solution or a distraction for students. http://www.schools.com/articles/digital-textbooks-solution-or-distraction.html