Ebooks continue to grow in popularity and market share for books. Bookboon.com, which "publishes free and openly available eBooks for students and business professionals," released a survey of student opinions on etextbooks September 11th, finding that almost 97% of students believe texts are too expensive and 76% don't always buy required texts. 58% preferred etexts, believing them to be cheaper and easier to carry around.
Bookboon.com's Thomas Buus Madsen noting that "American students are at least a couple of years ahead of the European counterparts. In countries like Germany, the U.K., and the Netherlands, between 30 and 40 percent of students prefer digital textbooks, but most are still stuck on old-fashioned paper. This is partly because ereaders and e-textbooks are less available" in Europe, Madsen added. "Additionally, publishers, professors, and universities in Europe are less active in promoting and adopting the use of e-textbooks compared to the USA."
I was asked to cover the latest chapter in the Apple - Big 5 Publisher collusion case for NewsBreaks from Information Today and it was published this morning. You might want to give it a look - and feel free to share your ideas and comments!