The Textbooks Of Tomorrow [INFOGRAPHIC]

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As someone who has just bought an iPad, I can personally appreciate its potential to become the dominant force in the digital book wars. PDF and ePub files can be uploaded instantly, and then annotated with your stylus pen or finger. Let’s face it, if you were a student, what would you rather have? 10 heavy textbooks or a thin much lighter iPad? According to this infographic by OnlineEducation.net, 1 in 4 students would prefer digital books so much that they would give up sex for a month in order to get them. Now there’s some dedicated fans for you.

One figure I am not entirely convinced about is the assertion that digital books are on average 53% cheaper than print books. When I owned a Kindle last year, I used to compare a lot of book prices to see the price difference between the print version and the digital version. What I found was that there was not a lot of difference in price, nothing that would make me go “wow!”. 53%? I think that might be slightly on the optimistic side.

What do you think? How soon do you think it will be before we see an all-digital book world? Are you more into digital books or print books? And what do you think of this 53% figure? Does it sound about right or do you think digital books are one big expensive rip-off and fad? Sound off in the comments below.

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Comments (13)
  • Graha0921

    My own view on this is that this process could be extended into the business world as well, why is there a need to have lengthy specifications published on paper, operating manuals that need to updated and accessed on a daily basis, there are many training applications in the business world. Education is the first step, if you can get the students to work in this environment before they go into the business world we have won half the battle.

  • Ntnisaias

    I am studying a career on line and I always print the lessons I prefer looking on paper rather than in a computer because it hurt my eyes.

  • Gregory Quinlivan

    It seems to me that this infographic is centred mainly around the United States which, despite it’s wealth, still only accounts for around 6% of the world’s student population (assuming uniform representation of student numbers in the general population of each country).
    The larger picture is that most of the world’s students live in poor circumstances, don’t have these devices, don’t have regular Internet access and have no real alternatives to using textbooks (if they can afford them in the first place).
    While I welcome the move away from paper-based materials, particularly as they impact so much on the environment presently, and the greater opportunities for interactivity offered by smart devices like tablet computers, I think the change outside of wealthier countries will be much more gradual.

  • Dobbiel13

    Ebooks have become a rip off, no real manufactoring cost, delivery or transport cost and no storage cost yet you can pay full hard copy prices. Ebooks have their place but I personally do not like to use ebooks for study as you can not cross reference that easy. Sometimes I could have 3 or 4 textbooks open at one time. I love getting my Linux magazines in digital format and the number of free ebooks you can get now Is amazing. We still need both formats and will for a long time yet.

  • mikefive

    A couple of studies out indicate that the using of e-textbooks result in lower retention of studied material (more studies need to be done).  Also, backtracking in an e-book to reference previous material is difficult.

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