Sunday, January 09, 2011

Amid E-Book Growth, Students Still Prefer Paper Textbooks (ReadWriteWeb)

Over the past half-year, we have written extensively about e-books ande-readers. We've discussed the merits of e-books over paper books. We've covered Kindle e-books outselling hardcover best-sellers and theirstrength over the holiday season. We've even included the growth of e-readers and e-books in one of our Top Trends of 2010 posts.
But, as ReadWriteWeb editor Richard MacManus discussed in "5 Ways that Paper Books are Better than E-Books," everything from price to packaging to, most importantly, the feel of physical books may keep them on the shelves for a long time to come. Now, in a study called "Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education," another round in the debate has been settled on the side of paper. 75% of student preferred old-fashioned, paper-and-board textbooks over electronic versions.
The surveying entity, the Book Industry Study Group, announced the results yesterday. The 75% who preferred paper textbooks cited "a fondness for print's look and feel, as well as its permanence and ability to be resold."
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