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More college students use e-books

Digital textbooks are a no-brainer for many, and sales are up this year

For college students heading to campus, hitting the books may no longer require sturdy backpacks and strong arms.

Campus bookstores have increased the number of digital textbooks this school year, as students weaned on Facebook and iPads seek virtual alternatives to heavy tomes. Digital textbooks are projected to account for 10 to 15 percent of course materials sold by the fall of 2012, compared with just 3 percent of the $5.85 billion sold last year, according to the National Association of College Stores.

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