Students: How would you rate textbook E-Books for your studies – Yay or Nay?

Posted on 04-10-2014 by
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As reported in a recent article by, “E-Book usage by students continues to be an interest” for their academic studies; however, research from a 10-question survey suggests the majority of students (71%) “prefer print books if given a choice."

The 10-question survey, in both print and online format, was done over a 3-week period to ascertain students’ attitudes toward e-books. The results were a little surprising:

  • Over 90% of the students frequently or constantly access the internet on a mobile device.
  • 71% of them prefer print books if given a choice.
  • Only 15% of students do all or most of their reading from e-books. 55% do some reading from them, and 30% do not use them at all.
  • 40% of the students used e-books for academic reading.
  • About half of them use e-books for leisure reading.
  • 62% said that downloading was an important e-book feature, and 53% said that printing was important.
  • 42% prefer to have a choice between print and electronic formats for the same title.

To get feedback about e-book preference, I would like to expand this question to the students who are a part of the LexTalk site.

What do you think in your academic experience? Would you rate academic e-books as a yay or nay, and why?


Posted on : 1 May 2014 7:20 PM

I like e-books because they are cheaper and you don't have to carry a bunch of heavy books all day, but if I had my choice I would pick print copies.

Posted on : 1 May 2014 10:46 PM

E-books are a definite "Yay." They are convenient. Multiple books can be carried in one reader device. Instead of having to carry 5 separate books, all of these E-books can be carried in one reader.

Posted on : 2 May 2014 3:17 PM

I appreciate the convenience of e-books as a yay! but my personal preference is print because it is more convenient to highlight and make notes on a paper version of the book.

Posted on : 15 May 2014 8:10 PM

I still prefer the paper version because its easier to flip back and forth to check the answers.

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