The digital revolution has had a huge impact on education. While university students of fifteen years ago may have been lucky enough to have had their own desktop computer, today’s university student is often equipped with a laptop, smartphone, and sometimes even a tablet. This extends to primary and secondary students as well; the seemingly intuitive abilities of today’s children to operate their digital devices is astounding. Students have adopted mobile devices throughout the world. In the US, more than 90% of college students own a smart phone as of 2014, a figure that is expected to account for the rest of the world by 2016 (Source: eMarketer). However, college students have been slower to adopt tablets, because tablets are often seen as devices exclusively ‘for entertainment purposes, not for writing papers and doing class projects’ (Source: Ball State University). In 2014, only about 29% of college students report owning a tablet in the US. With the advent of digital textbooks, more and more students could be adopting tablets sooner. In the United Kingdom, the University of East London provided all first-year students as of fall 2014 with Samsung Note devices. These devices are meant to replace costly and heavy textbooks, so students have more flexibility when studying and researching. Devices come equipped with core textbooks, links to the online library resources, and the virtual learning environment. (Source: UEL). Textbooks are provided by Kortext, an aggregated platform that offers fully functional on- and offline reading. The University of East London is one of the first universities worldwide to undertake such an initiative. As more and more textbooks are digitized, the tablet becomes the logical device on which to read: like an eReader, the tablet mimics a physical book by allowing the user to ‘turn’ pages. The digital nature of the book make searching for key words or subjects easy, and taking notes in the margins is no longer decreasing the value of a physical book. Digital textbooks can also be interactive, containing audio, videos, hyperlinks, and more. Interactivity, as opposed to passively reading, increases students’ comprehension and retention rates. Additionally, digital textbooks save resources and ultimately lower costs of expensive college textbooks. E-textbooks, digitized alternatives to printed textbooks, without interactivity, cost about 40-50% of the print retail price, although access expires after 180 days. Right now, e-textbooks and digital textbooks make up about 3% of textbook sales in the United States. (Source: AASCU) However, as more schools and students recognize the value of digitized textbooks, this number is sure to rise. This is the first post in our series: How the Digital Revolution is Reshaping Education. The next post will discuss the benefits of Virtual Learning Environments. [enhancing_learning]