Boundless: Say Goodbye to Print Textbooks

According to new survey data, digital learning content is rapidly gaining momentum.

Textbooks have long been a staple of college classrooms — but is the “textbook bubble” about to burst? New data from a survey conducted by Boundless, a creator of online textbooks, suggests that college students are tired of overpaying for print resources that, in many respects, don't stack up to interactive, cloud-based digital content:

Students are finding and choosing digital alternatives to traditional textbooks that help them learn better, with fewer pain-points and at a lower cost. This movement will eventually lead to a post-textbook world, where physical reference materials give way to digital resources that deliver better education with greater access.

The survey, Ushering in a Post-Textbook World, revealed some interesting numbers. We curated a few of the most noteworthy below.

Of surveyed college students:

92% prefer digital research options to print resources
61% prefer to study with digital quizzes
82% say interactive content is a valuable learning asset
80% are drawn to digital resources because they cost less
74% are drawn to digital resources because they are more portable
65% have decided against buying a textbook because it was too expensive

And perhaps most critical:

150% The increase in college textbooks compared with consumer price index since 1998

How much longer will students use print textbooks? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments.

Mar 05 2014