Online textbooks have been touted in recent months as a way to bring relief to college students beleaguered by soaring textbook prices. Now, a study from the Student Public Interest Research Groups raises questions about whether online texts really are better than their printed counterparts--and publishers of online textbooks are firing back in turn.

According to the study, titled "Course Correction: How Digital Textbooks are Off Track and How to Set Them Straight," eTextbooks sound great in theory, but they are still overpriced--and though open electronic textbooks have the cost right, currently there aren't enough options to make them worth a


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