"In the past five years, Cal State Northridge student George Benitez has spent an estimated $5,000 for college textbooks.
This fall, the graduating senior plunked down $600 for an Apple iPad in order to participate in a CSUN experiment to do away with the heavy — and pricey — textbook tomes.
'I’m excited,' said Benitez, 25, of Sylmar, a whose new contraption is loaded with apps and study materials for a history course and a journalism practicum in which he reports for the school’s Daily Sundial. 'It’s different. I like the challenge. I wish this would have started when I was a freshman.'
Benitez is one of up to 1,800 students invited to join the new MyCSUNtablet Initiative, designed to cut book costs and boost the quality of learning aids.
If successful, some administrators say the initiative could someday sweep the heavy hardbound editions from the Matador Bookstore and help upend a multibillion-dollar college textbook business."
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