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Next Generation Prefer Print Textbooks to e-Texts

A story last Tuesday in USAToday by Yasmeen Abutaleb confirms what some of us have know for some time, some people just prefer print books. But this story is shocking in that the ‘people’ in question are university students, a segment of society that doesn’t have a lot of money to spend on a book that won’t get used when the semester ends.

They would rather have print, especially when they end up printing out some or all of the eBooks anyway, so the universities now force them to take the electronic editions.  Here’s part of the story:

“How excited can you expect to get about an e-textbook?” Student Monitor President Eric Weil says. “It’s not a fashion statement, it’s not a status symbol; it has to overcome the advantages that students see (in) a printed textbook.”

Typically, students don’t save much when opting to buy an e-textbook. For example, an organic chemistry e-textbook costs about $100, while the print version of the same book costs just $15 more.

For University of Wisconsin senior Leslie Epstein, having to buy an e-textbook only added to her expenses. She still found herself printing a copy of her textbooks in the two classes that required an electronic version, and said despite the lower price tag of an e-textbook, she’d buy the print version of the text “every time.”

“I see what (universities) are doing to make textbooks cheaper and less paper-reliant, but I don’t think it’ll work in the long run,” she says.

But universities are looking to combat that mindset with programs that urge — or force — students to adapt to the trend.

read the whole article at USAToday

While the textbook market is quite different from the trade book environment in which most of us operate, the reaction of students here is significant; especially when you consider that this is a generation that is normally conditioned to get information content from screens.

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