PC Mag published the results of Bookboon’s big student survey. Read more here.
Infographic: U.S. Students Prefer Digital
- September 14, 2012 01:57pm EST
University bookstores may begin to look a little emptier soon, as U.S. students transition from print to digital textbooks.
According to a recent survey by e-textbook publisher Bookboon.com, 58 percent of American pupils would rather do their required reading via a tablet or e-reader.
Easier to carry, easier to read, and easier to afford, digital textbooks are gaining ground among Americans, including the 2,164 U.S. students polled. The trend seems to be specific to the United States, though.
“American students are at least a couple of years ahead of their European counterparts,” Bookboon COO Thomas Buus Madsen said in a statement.
Across the pond, a similar survey showed strikingly different results. In countries like Germany, the U.K., and the Netherlands, between 30 and 40 percent of students prefer digital textbooks, but most are still stuck on old-fashioned paper.
“This is partly because eReaders and e-textbooks are less available” in Europe, Madsen said. “Additionally, publishers, professors, and universities in Europe are less active in promoting and adopting the use of e-textbooks compared to the USA.”
Outrageously high textbook price tags are not a new concept, though the trend continues, according to the survey, which says that more than 90 percent of students find the books too expensive.
More frustrating is the limited amount of the text that a professor may assign during a course, pushing 76.6 percent of U.S. students to just not purchase an assigned book in the first place. Instead, they find alternative options – copying only the needed chapters, or getting information from the Internet.
According to Bookboon, most students take the second-hand route when actually purchasing paper books – 60 percent buy textbooks used, while only a quarter pick up brand new copies.
The e-book publisher’s survey was conducted in the U.S., the U.K., Germany, the Netherlands, and Denmark. For more, see Bookboon’s infographic below.
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