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STUDENTS STILL PREFER TRADITIONAL TEXTBOOKS REVEALS POLL
(But digital alternatives are on the radar for many)
The survey of 1,578 students in July revealed 79 per cent want to use traditional books in classes but 21 per cent are considering purchasing an e-reader device to read digital versions of textbooks, plus 22 per cent had already bought an electronic textbook in some format.
AbeBooks.com is a major online marketplace offering thousands of new and used textbooks from booksellers around the globe. High prices have always been the overpowering issue for AbeBooks’ student customers and the poll reveals financial fears have not diminished.
The major motivation for abandoning traditional books and adopting electronic textbooks would be price, according to the poll. A third of the students (33 per cent) would want to save 41 to 60 per cent on a book’s list price before purchasing a digital textbook, 23 per cent would want a saving of 61 to 80 per cent and 24 per cent would want a saving of over 80 per cent.
The poll also revealed the supply of used textbooks for the fall semester would remain limited as 50 per cent of the students polled had not resold their old college books.
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