Tech trends: Print vs. digital textbooks and Barnes & Noble’s new tablet

In the market for a new tablet? Rumors hinted at Barnes & Noble planning to release a new 7-inch NOOK tablet, designed to compete with the low-end price point of the bestselling Amazon Fire tablet, before the holiday shopping season. I’m a long time NOOK user, so this is exciting news for me, especially as my old tablet died over the summer. The news got me thinking about the old print vs. digital textbooks debate, and it looks like the jury is still out.

Print or digital textbooks, which do you prefer? (Credit: Pexels)

Print or digital textbooks, which do you prefer? (Credit: Pexels)

I read both in print and digital interchangeably, and I’ve expanded my reading in the past few years to include smaller devices, like my cell phone, among my displays. But a phone screen is certainly not the ideal way to read a textbook. What are the arguments for or against experiencing your textbooks digitally? Check it out to see whether or not digital textbooks are the way to go for your own learning style and budget. Read more

Your go-to FAQ guide for textbook rentals from CengageBrain

You’ve almost made it through the semester, CONGRATS! So, what should you be doing in preparation for winter break? Besides studying and writing research papers, you may also want to keep in mind that you’ll need to return your textbook rentals before its due date – we’d hate to see you owe a late fee since you’re already on a strict college budget!

With that said, let’s look at a few other need-to-know tips you may need when it comes to textbook rentals from CengageBrain. Read more

How to read a textbook without losing your mind

Sooner or later like every college student, you realize that you’re going to have to crack open the textbook and start reading it. It’s not all gloomy, though. Knowing how to read a textbook is one of those study skills that pays off big time.

Reading a textbook doesn't have to be so stressful. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Reading a textbook doesn’t have to be so stressful. (Credit: Shutterstock)

It took me a long time to figure out what reading activities worked well for me. Here are a few tips and ideas that could work for you. Read more

7 first day of college tips

My first day of college classes was daunting for me, as it is for most college students. You’re still finding your classroom buildings, navigating the college campus layout and meeting teachers and fellow students for the first time.

What tips do you suggest for the first day of college? (Credit: The Odyssey Online)

What tips do you suggest for the first day of college? (Credit: The Odyssey Online)

Here are some bits of freshman advice and college tips for your first day of class. Read more

How to stretch your college budget

You think you already know the answer to this question on how to maintain a solid college budget (old, leftover pizza and ramen, duh). In all seriousness, you and I both know everyone gets sick of that same old eating routine after a few days! Why feel like you must deprive yourself of the good things in life in order to save a few bucks here and there?

Sure, pizza is delicious – especially leftovers the following day! – but give it another day, or two or three, and you’re DONE. Let’s discuss some other ways on how you can stretch your college budget and get more of what you want. Read more

8 college tips for surviving the second semester

Like other college students, I got over the fear of my very first semester and looked forward to my second. Even after a few years, the second semester always felt easier to approach.

Are you ready to take on the second semester? (Credit: College Media Matters)

Are you ready to take on the second semester? (Credit: College Media Matters)

I created my own do-it-yourself guide for surviving (and flourishing) in the second semester. Here are some college tips for the second semester. Read more

#NothingIsCrazy for the charity: water September Campaign

For the 2015 September Campaign, charity: water has set a goal to bring clean water to 50,000 people in need – and YOU can help! This year it’s all about teamwork.

What ways can you help donate to charity: water? (Credit: charitywater.org)

What ways can you help donate to charity: water? (Credit: charitywater.org)

Visit the charity: water September Campaign page to find out what some of the brave, nerdy and not-so-bashful fundraisers are doing to bring clean water to those in need. Read more

Pat Tillman Foundation and U-Haul team up to help scholars

Did you know that U-Haul teams up with the Pat Tillman Foundation every year to raise scholarship funds for the Tillman Scholars program? Well, now you do!

2010 Tillman Scholar & Harvard graduate Regan Turner moves from Texas to Santa Monica for a new job. (Credit: pattillmanfoundation.org)

2010 Tillman Scholar & Harvard graduate Regan Turner moves from Texas to Santa Monica for a new job. (Credit: pattillmanfoundation.org)

They are a proud sponsor of Pat’s Run, which takes place each April in Tempe, Arizona, and bring 35,000 supporters to honor Pat Tillman’s legacy. Read more

Learn about the SCA and its impact on youth

As part of CengageBrain’s Extra Credit Program, we like to know what’s happening with each of our contributing charities and share those stories with you, our valued followers! A recent study presented the positive impact the Student Conservation Association (SCA) has had on youth.

Find out how you can help SCA here. (Credit: TheSCA.org)

Find out how you can help SCA here. (Credit: TheSCA.org)

The new research showed that SCA has increased conservation awareness, along with developing social responsibility, increasing leadership skills and helping fuel continuous growth, which provide skills that make youth more successful in school, work and life. Read more

Three reasons instant access will make a difference for you

Like many people in this day and age, I enjoy all of life’s readily available conveniences – mostly because I’m one of the most impatient people I know. Having instant access to my textbooks and digital learning solutions tops that list.

So what makes instant access so great? Here we offer three reasons why instant access will make a difference for you with your college education. Read more