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.
— Boundless (@GoBoundless) February 25, 2014
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:
And perhaps most critical:
How much longer will students use print textbooks? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments.