Academic Ebook Sales Flat, Preference for E-Reference Up
Academic libraries continue to add to their ebook collections, but while ebooks are becoming the preferred format for reference materials, many students still prefer to read and study monographs and textbooks in print, according to “Ebook Usage in U.S. Academic Libraries 2016,” a survey conducted by Library Journal and sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning. Forty-seven percent of respondents said that students at their college or university preferred print when reading scholarly monographs, compared with 19 percent who preferred ebooks. And 42 percent said students prefer print textbooks, compared with 31 percent who said students would opt for an e-textbook. By contrast, 56 percent of respondents said students prefer digital reference materials, compared with 16 percent who prefer print reference.