Saturday, January 15, 2011

Students and Textbooks, Print vs. Digital

A short piece on studies showing students prefer print text books to e-books.

Still, some college students do prefer e-texts. About 12% of the students surveyed--mostly males, and often MBA-seeking or distance learners--said they liked the lower cost, convenience, and portability of e-texts. The majority of survey respondents (60%) said they place high value on core textbooks--whether printed or electronic--most of which continue to be purchased at the college bookstore (65%). One-fifth of students said they purchased textbooks from And 11% of students said they preferred renting textbooks to buying them.

The idea of reading a textbook on a screen is not a pleasant one for me. I like bookmarking, too - the old fashioned kind, with scraps of paper.


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