College students make use of different kinds of learning materials during the years they spend in school. While computers and the internet have added a new wrinkle to that dependable system, the good old-fashioned textbook is still widely in evidence on most campuses.
However, textbooks for college can be quite expensive as some courses rely extensively upon thick, hardcover tomes that you can hardly carry from one side of the building to the other. As with anything, not all textbooks are created equal and one drawback is that most courses have ones that are required. While you are welcome (and even encouraged) to seek out additional books to supplement your knowledge, you will still have to buy the book(s) your professor has made mandatory.
The best textbooks are authored by subject matter experts, also known as SMEs. These men and women are almost always veterans in their field and may even have been responsible for a discovery that changed things dramatically. The writing in these books usually reflects a great deal of care in the areas of accuracy and class exercises.
Some subject areas have many different textbooks, and almost as many SMEs, while others are more specialized. For example, it is not too hard to find qualified persons to write a grammar textbook, while supply chain textbook writers are scarce by comparison.
Did you have many textbooks when you went to college or university? As an English student, I had many novels to get through every semester and while they don’t weigh as much as most textbooks, lugging them all around was certainly a drag. If anything, that is the one area where textbooks lose out to computers. A tablet or laptop will never give me a hernia; I’m not so sure about some of the anatomy and biology textbooks out there!