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College students prefer print books to electronic, UC study finds

Just as educators and policymakers locally and around the country are embracing the idea of electronic books over print, a new University of California Libraries survey finds, among other things, that undergraduate students prefer print.

Fifty-eight percent of undergraduate students who use e-books in their academic work said they have the highest preference for print books, many commenting on "the difficulty they have learning, retaining and concentrating while in front of a computer."

Three-quarters of those surveyed from the arts and humanities area (they included a spectrum of people from the academic community, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff) said they often or sometimes borrow a print copy of a book from the library after locating the same e-book of interest. Comments suggested they use the e-book to determine if the print book will be helpful, then they locate the print book if the answer appears to be yes.

See those and other findings in the complete study, here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 10:31am]


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