Print and Electronic Textbooks

For Many Students, Print Is Still King – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Although I am *ahem* a little older than a college student, I think that many  have the same reactions that I do.  For pleasure reading and browsing, an ebook or online reading is great (even preferable).  But for actual studying, the print copy works best. Having the tactile experience of physically highlighting or flagging something with a post it creates a sense-memory that I just don’t get with an ereader.

The emphasis in technology has been on getting the ereader to “disappear” as you become lost in the story.  To consciously learn, retain, and be introduced to new ideas can be an uncomfortable process. This, coupled with usually less-than-stellar writing makes it very difficult for a textbook to disappear.



About Ellie Kohler

I'm the Access and Learning Services Librarian at Rockhurst University, and was a founding member of the ILL Special Interest Group. My specialties include interlibrary loan, instruction, reference, circulation, reserves, and wrangling 40 (or so) student assistants. I continue to defy the librarian stereotype by keeping a cat-free household.
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