November 27, 2015

Utah: College Students Prefer Traditional Textbooks to E-Books, Bookstore Officials Say

This is not the first time we’ve seen articles like this from around the U.S.

From The Deseret News:

I think we are still waiting for that ‘iPod moment,’ if you will, in higher education,” said Tom Hirtzel, academic resources manager for the BYU Bookstore.


Shane Girton, associate director for the Campus Store at the University of Utah, said 10 percent the store’s books are offered electronically, though just 1 percent are sold.

“When I started here 15 years ago, it was, ‘Everything is going to be digital in the next five years,’ and I’ve heard that for 15 years,” Girton said. “I don’t see the textbook or the printed book going away.”


At Salt Lake Community College, just 2 percent of on-campus sales are e-books and even then students have come back unhappy, said Marianne Gines, SLCC’s textbook manager.

“A lot of times students will come back and say, ‘I really want to buy the book. I can’t concentrate. I can’t do it off this e-book. It hurts my eyes or it gives me a headache,'” she said.

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