Online Learning: Online textbooks downloads gaining in popularity

By Nancy Van Valkenburg, Standard-Examiner

Larry Walther believes textbooks of the future won’t break students’ backs or their budgets. Walther, a Utah State University professor and chairman of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business’ School of Accountancy, offers his accounting “textbooks” free on his website to his students. And now, many of his texts also are available to students worldwide, through a London-based company, Bookboon, that offers free downloads that are paid for by the inclusion of advertisements every few pages. Kenneth Kuttler, a Brigham Young University math teacher, also recently provided online texts available through “You don’t read a math book like you read a novel,” Kuttler said. “If you’re interrupted by an ad, it’s probably just a pleasant diversion.”

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