Posted by: bluesyemre | March 20, 2013

Academic e-books: will they ever take off?

Academic e-books: many people skim read the PDF to see if it’s worth getting the physical book.

  • Sussex University student Roberta Wiafe attended a recent debate on the future of academic publishing, and remains unconvinced.  Are physical textbooks on the way out? That’s what one professor seemed to believe when I participated in a debate last weekend about the future of academic publishing. He claimed that they would only survive as artefacts or in special collections; public libraries would have continuing demand for academic books, but not universities. Another observed that some students were already choosing to buy e-textbooks rather than invest in physical books.

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