E-books or textbooks: Students prefer textbooks

E-books or textbooks: Students prefer textbooks Previous research has demonstrated that the experience of reading e-books is not equivalent to reading textbooks. This study examines factors influencing preference for e-books as well as reported use of e-book content. Although the present student cohort is the most technologically savvy to ever enter universities, students do not prefer e-books over textbooks regardless of their gender, computer use or comfort with computers. No significant correlations existed between the number of e-books previously used and overall preference of e-books: Participants who had previously used an e-book still preferred print texts for learning. Despite the ability to easily access supplemental content through e-books via hyperlinks and other features, students were more likely to use special features in print books than in e-books. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Computers & Education Elsevier

E-books or textbooks: Students prefer textbooks

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Publisher
Elsevier
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd
ISSN
0360-1315
eISSN
1873-782X
D.O.I.
10.1016/j.compedu.2010.04.005
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Abstract

Previous research has demonstrated that the experience of reading e-books is not equivalent to reading textbooks. This study examines factors influencing preference for e-books as well as reported use of e-book content. Although the present student cohort is the most technologically savvy to ever enter universities, students do not prefer e-books over textbooks regardless of their gender, computer use or comfort with computers. No significant correlations existed between the number of e-books previously used and overall preference of e-books: Participants who had previously used an e-book still preferred print texts for learning. Despite the ability to easily access supplemental content through e-books via hyperlinks and other features, students were more likely to use special features in print books than in e-books.

Journal

Computers & EducationElsevier

Published: Nov 1, 2010

References

  • Academic articles on the web: reading patterns and formats
    Rho, Y.J.; Gedeon, T.D.

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