Switch to Electronic Textbooks



Switch to Electronic Textbooks

The university will begin switching from traditional-bound textbooks to electronic textbooks early next year. University students will be able to download the content of their required textbooks to a reading device and read the material directly from the device's screen. While the cost of the device is around $200, it is a one-time expense. Considering the rising cost of textbooks, students will save money in the long run since purchasing electronic books for their classes is much less expensive than buying regular textbooks. Furthermore, the university believes the device will be an effective study aid because it is simple to operate and offers features such as highlighting of text and note-taking.

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    <-NARRATOR:-> Now listen to two students discussing the article.
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Oh, no. Did you see this?
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> Yeah. Why? You don't like the idea?
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Not at all.
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> How come?
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Well, the cost, for one thing.
    They're just not being realistic.
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> Even compared to the price of textbooks?
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Well, sure, textbooks aren't cheap
    but...do you think people are only gonna use one device the whole time they're at university?
    What happens if yours breaks?
    You have to buy a new one...
    or they come out with some fancy new features...
    wouldn't you want to get a new one then?
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> Yeah, I see what you mean.
    A lot of people would probably want to replace theirs with the latest version.
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Right. Maybe even every year...and that can add up.
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> True. But, don't you agree it'll make studying and preparing for classes a lot easier?
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> I don't think everybody's gonna think it's so great.
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> What do you mean?
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Well, it's only helpful if it's easy to use and well, this thing is pretty small.
    It's only about 18 or 20 centimeters tall.
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> Oh really. So that means the screen's pretty small.
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Right...and I heard that the keypad...or control buttons, they're small too.
    So if you have normal-sized fingers, it's not so easy to select an item or get it to function right...
    you know, to do stuff like highlighting or underlining.
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> I hadn't thought of that.
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> So what good are all those fancy features if it's hard to use them.
    Besides, I like the old-fashioned way of studying the material¡ªwriting notes on the page and underlining or highlighting important sections of the book¡ª
    I'm more comfortable with that.


The woman expresses her opinion about the university's plan. Briefly summarize the plan. Then state her opinion and explain the reasons she gives for holding that opinion.


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