[caption id="attachment_119403" align="alignleft" width="150"] Many digital textbook choices exist, but the quality varies widely.[/caption]

(Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of a two-part series on digital textbooks. Part 2, which will run next month, will focus on schools’ use of digital texts in the classroom.)

The call for U.S. schools to move toward digital textbooks within the next five years has some education officials pondering their options. Publishers, meanwhile, are starting to answer the call.

Last year, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan urged the nation’s schools to opt for digital textbooks...

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