Students turn to digital textbooks
Technology-savvy students are turning their backs on traditional textbooks and downloading digital copies instead, a new poll has suggested.
Digital textbooks are now owned by four in five (80%) of the student population, it revealed.
The average worth of these study aids is now around £152, with around a third of those questioned saying their collection has an estimated value of £200 or more.
Overall, the average student now takes almost £2,000 of gadgets to university, according to Endsleigh's 2012 student possessions study.
The poll, which questioned around 2,000 students in England, found that many youngsters are staying up to date with the latest technology.
Just 5% now take a desktop computer to university with them, compared to 15% last year.
But 86% take a laptop, up from 83% last year, and around 9% opt to take a tablet with them.
Smartphones are also on the rise - last year nearly half of students (45%) said they owned one, this year that had risen to around 80%.
Around one in 10 students say they own an e-reader, such as a Kindle, up from 6% in 2011.
The survey also found that many students are using their gadgets to stay in touch with their families. Almost four in five (79%) of those questioned said they had taught their parents to use social media, including Skype, so they can stay in touch.