Digital or electronic textbooks seem like the way to go, don't they? With digital books, students don't have to drag a heavy load to the library, and some of e-books are actually substantially cheaper than print books.
However, a recent survey points out that most students prefer print formats over digital formats (via Publishers Weekly).
Hewlett Packard conducted a survey with 527 San Jose State University students to measure their preference of e-textbooks and the traditional paper textbooks. Fifty-seven percent said they preferred print; 21 percent preferred e-books; and 21 percent preferred both formats.
Apparently print textbooks are easy to use, great for taking notes, and students just like the feel of a good ol' book. These benefits outweigh e-books' advantages such as their light weight, cost and convenience.
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