Students prefer printed books over e-books – apparently!

paperinsight ViewpointDirect Textbook, a textbook price comparison engine, has reported the results of their survey of over 500 active college students who use their services and completed their survey.

The result – Seven out of ten college students prefer print textbooks over e-books.

The more detailed survey results:
– 72% of college students prefer print textbooks to e-books
– 27% prefer e-books
– 2% have no preference

Students who prefer print textbooks commonly cited the following reasons:
– Print textbooks are easier to read
– They like to physically highlight important passages
– Print textbooks are cheaper
– They dislike e-book formatting
– E-books are difficult to navigate and bookmark
– Reading e-books makes their eyes hurt
– Lack of focus and concentration when reading e-books
– Print textbooks do not require Internet access
– They like to write on textbook pages
– Professors do not allow tablets or laptops in class
– Limited e-book availability
– They end up printing e-book pages anyway

Students who prefer e-books commonly cited the following reasons:
– E-books are cheaper
– E-books are lighter
– E-books don’t have to be returned
– E-books are more environmentally-friendly
– E-book passages can be quickly found using search
– E-book print size and brightness can be adjusted
– E-books can convert text to audio
– Apps can be used with e-books

Direct Textbook report that textbook purchasing trends are in line with the survey results. According to the Student Monitor, 87 percent of textbooks purchased by students in 2014 were print editions (36 percent new, 36 percent used, 15 percent rented). E-books comprised only nine percent of the market. The remaining four percent was made up by file sharing.

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What do journalists think of the future of journalistic work?

paperinsight ViewpointInterested to know what journalists think of their future? Robert G Picard of the Oxford University, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism has produced an interesting and insightful report on, ‘Journalists’ Perceptions on the Future of Journalistic Work‘.

Of those journalist which responded to the survey (509 journalists across the Western world), the conclusions were:

  • Journalism will be a harder job with less institutional support in the future.
  • Journalism will not be less satisfying or less independent.
  • There are concerns that journalists will have to work harder and have to think more about personal branding and entrepreneurship, and that they cannot count on stable employment, full-time jobs, or indeed life-long journalistic careers.
  • The respondents generally see journalism as a relatively stable collection of fundamental practices and techniques that is not dependent on medium or existentially threatened.

Picard points out that the results are striking for three reasons:

  • Journalists are clearly not in denial about the direct impact fundamental changes in the media will have for journalism as a form of work.
  • The respondents recognise that these changes are likely to make journalism more stressful, individualistic, and less stable, but they are not particularly pessimistic about the future of journalism as a professional practice.
  • The results are generally consistent across gender, age, and how long people have worked as journalists.

Picard concludes that many journalists are very clear eyed about how their profession is changing, and are not stuck in the past as some commentators assume.

He states that the challenge for news media, individual journalists, and journalistic professional associations, then, is to make sure that the often radical changes involved in journalism moving from 20th-century organisations to 21st-century ones are accompanied by the development of strong forms of 21st-century journalistic professionalism and the means to support them.

To view the detailed report, please click here.

Those e mail straps that tell you not to print – what do you think?

paperinsight ViewpointIf you fall in line with all the advice and pressure to comply with the environmental, legal and confidentiality guidelines, it is often the case that your e mail footer is far longer than your concise e mail.

Those demands to save tress – most of which are grown as a sustainable crop – and those please do not print statements need to be challenged. It is worth considering what is being demanded and whether the alternatives are worth considering. If you search on this topic, there are many websites which explain why paper and printing are not evil and should be considered as a sustainable alternative. Paper Story is worth a read, and in particular their links to alternative footers you could consider in your e mails.

Your choice …. consider the facts and decide.