Not so Fast, E-Textbooks: The Battle Between Digital and Print

The relationship between the field of education and our world’s growing technological connection is extremely tight-knit: Students and educators everywhere turn more and more to technological advances in order to supplement and enhance educational methods. In recent years, the prevalence of technology in our society has brought us online learning opportunities, the use of in-class technology like smart boards and student computers, and a vast array of web-based resources for educators and students around the world. One piece of technology that has garnered many mixed reviews, however, is the e-textbook. On the one hand, e-books in general have seen tremendous growth since the presence of tablets and e-readers has become a fixture in society. According to user surveys, people who have tried reading e-books generally enjoy the experience. But at the same time, for students, who are usually the earliest adopters of technology, e-textbooks have been slow to catch on. Among students, many of them say they prefer the presence of a traditional textbook over an e-textbook; in fact, 70% say they find that they simply study more effectively when they have access to a traditional textbook over an e-reader or tablet. So what does the future look like for e-textbooks? The following infographic examines our complex relationship with the traditional textbook versus the e-textbook.

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E-Textbooks Infographic

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