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As a student, you are always looking for ways to make your life a little easier.  You need more time, more space, and more money.  Almost every kid in college can relate to one or all of these requirements.  If you haven’t yet discovered the wonderful world of eBooks, you’re really missing out.  The right e-reader has the ability to alleviate your suffering in all three areas.  And there are so many on the market to choose from (Kindle, iPad, and Nook, just to name a few) that you are bound to find one that meets all of your needs.  And here’s what they offer.

  • Time saver. You can now shop for textbooks and other reading materials online with the click of a button, so to speak.  No more waiting in line at the campus bookstore during the onslaught of eager students that crowd in during the first week of class.  If you were already buying books online, you no longer have to wait days or weeks for delivery.  You can download in 60 seconds.
  • Space saver. How many books do you carry with you on a daily basis?  Five?  Ten?  More?  The typical student lugs around about 20-30 pounds of books (not so good for your back).  Most e-readers are slim and lightweight, coming in at under a pound.  That’s a bit of a difference.  With one of these, you can clear some space on your shelf to display that photo of mom and dad (yeah, right!).
  • Money saver.  A typical e-reader could cost you between $200 and $800.  But while the initial cost is a bit steep, you will easily make up for it with what you save on textbooks.  You may not be able to find every text you need in eBook format, but they do, in fact, cost less that purchasing the paper version.  You’ll also save on pricey adjustments from your chiropractor!
  • Environment saver. For those enlightened students who wish to leave a mark on the planet that doesn’t involve denuding forests, eBooks are a great alternative to paper.
  • Extras. Most e-readers come with a slew of other features, from Wi-Fi to text-to-speech.  Many also have student-friendly options like text highlighting, note-taking, and an integrated dictionary.  In addition, they may boast an ergonomic design and paper-like screens for easier reading.

For the busy college student on the go, ebooks are a godsend.  They make your life easier in so many ways and over time, they virtually pay for themselves.  Plus, with more selections being added every day, it won’t be long before you can find every text you need for school online.  If you haven’t considered investing in one before, it’s never too late to jump on the bandwagon and get the one device that is practically guaranteed to save you in college.

Thomas Warren is a content writer for GoCollege, one of the oldest and most trusted resources to guide students on how to finance and succeed in college.

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