Ebooks? Some, all or none??

  1. 0 Hello,
    I debating on whether to buy ebooks. I do prefer a book that I can flip through but I'm thinking cost and having to carry them all. I was thinking maybe I can a few ebooks and wondering which ones you have used the least that would be ok to buy as an ebook? Help please
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    From 'Bay Area , CA'; Joined Mar '13; Posts: 320; Likes: 49.

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  3. Visit  randill8084 profile page
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    Haven't tried ebooks. I like the regular books where you can just pull them out and read. No computer needed.
  4. Visit  PCTerrific profile page
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    I have done all ebooks for three semesters. Personally, it is a good fit for me, but I highly doubt it is one for everybody.

    I hate lugging books around. If it's a big, thick textbook I can basically guarantee I will not read it. I also lose things like it is my job, and can't keep my papers/notes in order. outside of the hospital (where, miraculously, I seem to be able to keep things in order), I'm a hot mess.

    So, for me, an iPad and e-books was very worth it. I like having all of my reading (articles, notes, huge textbooks) available at all times. Some books ARE crazy expensive for e-books, which sucks, but many are comparable. And the search features are awesome. I think I end up getting better grades than others because no matter where I am, I have all our textbooks and drug guides with me. It's easy to do good research and learn. Plus, easy to flip from my book to youtube to watch a procedure to google to check a term to my anatomy app to look up some weird muscle.

    that being said, the platform for Elsevier SUCKS. oh boy, does it suck. it freezes, the highlighting feature barely works, and the print can be small. Still, on balance, better for me, but I know many would find that a deal breaker.

    Def. a luxury, and an expense I had to make some tradeoffs for, but personally if I am going to indulge myself I'm going to buy things that make my crappy school life easier. I'd rather have a tool that make my accelerated program easier and less stressful than nice clothes or dinners right now.

    I would see if you can look at someone else's e-books first. It is really a personal thing. I am one of the few in my program who use them-- people just prefer the big books, despite all having ipads.
  5. Visit  christina731 profile page
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    Ebooks are very useful when you have to search for something quickly. I used to hate them but now they're growing on me. For my prerequisites, I only used hard copies. For first semester of nursing school, I mostly used the hard copies and only used the ebooks for searching quickly. Now, halfway through second semester I think I've opened my hard copies about 3 times and that was when my computer was acting up.
  6. Visit  springchick1 profile page
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    I hate them. I like to actually write in the books. And yes, I know you can make notes in the Ebooks but I don't like doing that. I like physically writing in the text books.
  7. Visit  sunbaby0811 profile page
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    I ended up buying the book bundle my school offered which included the ebooks. I much prefer a paper book to study from but I have found that for class I exclusively use the ebooks bc I hate carrying those huge books. So for me, both have worked well. Everyone is different though.
  8. Visit  cnoto34 profile page
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    Thanks guys!
  9. Visit  sharpeimom profile page
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    So many of my husband's students don't bother bringing their books to class after the first couple of weeks because of their weight, that he suggests ebooks instead or both ebooks and hard copies of core books both, if the budget will stretch that far.
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    Quote from sharpeimom
    So many of my husband's students don't bother bringing their books to class after the first couple of weeks because of their weight, that he suggests ebooks instead or both ebooks and hard copies of core books both, if the budget will stretch that far.
    thats what I'm afraid of! Do you mind asking what books are better to get in ebooks than others? I would rather get a ebook for one I might not use everyday
  11. Visit  WoundedBird profile page
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    I get physical copies of my real nursing books (assessment, med/surg, patho...) that I know I'm going to use again or refer back to a lot and get e books for classes such as development (already had a development text), cultural competence, and the other non-clinical courses.
  12. Visit  cnoto34 profile page
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    Quote from KAR813
    I get physical copies of my real nursing books (assessment, med/surg, patho...) that I know I'm going to use again or refer back to a lot and get e books for classes such as development (already had a development text), cultural competence, and the other non-clinical courses.
    thats good to know thanks
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    Quote from christina731
    Ebooks are very useful when you have to search for something quickly. I used to hate them but now they're growing on me. For my prerequisites, I only used hard copies. For first semester of nursing school, I mostly used the hard copies and only used the ebooks for searching quickly. Now, halfway through second semester I think I've opened my hard copies about 3 times and that was when my computer was acting up.
    thanks! I noticed ur in dentistry too lol I have been getting teased by my boss for switching fields!
  14. Visit  Stephalump profile page
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    I got all my books in hard copy and then got the books I use most in ebook format, as well. I use my hard copies at home when I'm doing my highlighting and reading, because I really like/need that tactile way of doing things.

    When I'm studying for tests, in class, and in clinical I don't drag all of my books around if I can avoid it, so having my important books with my on my iPad is great. The searchability is great when I just need to reread about a topic or search for a patient's particular problem.

    I didn't buy the ones I use least, because they're primarily tiny and paperback - not very heavy and only necessary for a short period.


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