Despite the benefits of lower costs, lighter backpacks, added features and convenience, students just aren’t taking to e-textbooks, a new study shows. About 6% of students are using a “core digital textbook” as their main course material, according to a new study from the Book Industry Study Group, which surveyed a nationally representative sample of four-year and two-year college students during the fall 2012 academic semester. This number is unchanged from the same period a year ago.
Google is taking a bite out of Apple among consumers who read e-books. Two out of five e-book readers who choose a tablet as their primary reading device use an iPad; at the end of 2011, two-thirds of those e-book readers were using an iPad, according to a new study from the Book Industry Study Group
Total trade revenues were up to $503.5 million in January 2012 from $396 million in January 2011, a 27.1% increase, according to the latest figures from the Association of American Publishers. E-books led the way with $128.8 million in revenue in January 2012 versus $73.2 million in January 2011, a 76% increase.