Trends in Ed: For the Love of Print
A recent study
conducted by the Book Industry Study Group examined faculty attitudes about the role of textbooks in teaching and reluctance to explore digital formats. The study rather unsurprisingly found that 93% of professors believe course-assigned reading is important for classroom success. Only 32% of those surveyed said that they were open to making required readings available in electronic format and this could be an availability issue, respondents mentioned they were worried about access issues and diversity in electronic offerings. The percentage of students and faculty that prefer electronic content to print was also relatively low, 16 and 12% respectively.