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Print Versus Digital: What Does the Latest Research Tell Us?

Posted by Lori Reese on 11/19/18 5:30 AM

Although current surveys show faculty have no preference about whether students buy digital or print books, that could change in light of new research from a pair of reading experts at the University of Maryland.

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Print Vs. Digital Course Materials

Posted by Liz Schulte on 10/17/18 5:30 AM

“Print is dead.”

“Digital will never last.”

Everyone has an opinion about the print vs. digital debate. Facts and figures can be quoted for both sides, making a compelling argument for each. The cost of print can be too much for students to shoulder. Retention is harder to achieve with digital. Back and forth, the argument can go on forever because the truth is neither platform is inherently bad or good. Both have unique pros and cons that make the decision about which one to choose nearly impossible.

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Find Out Everything You Need to Know About Digital Course Materials

Posted by Jason Smallheer on 5/16/18 5:30 AM

Get a better understanding of digital content options and Open Educational Resources (OER) with two free email courses designed to be a quick, simple reference for all your digital course material needs. 

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The Unexpected Longevity of Print

Posted by Lori Reese on 5/3/18 10:30 AM

When the iPad® first appeared in 2010, I was among those who believed print texts were going the way of vinyl. Print might fulfill the longings of future collectors and fetishists, I thought, but for those of us whose profession relied on books, the practical attractions of a digital library would trump any sentimental attachment to the gleam of a paperback spine.

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Adapting to Digital

Posted by Liz Schulte on 4/25/18 5:30 AM

When digital publishing became widely available, the major publishers ignored it. Then eBooks started making headlines, and the industry began to grow at incredible rates. Still, traditional publishers were slow to react. The consensus was that publishers had “five years” to get in front of the issue even though they were already five years behind.

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Why We Still Need Print in a Digital World

Posted by Liz Schulte on 2/14/18 5:30 AM

In the print vs. digital debate, it is easy to take sides based on personal preference. I love books: the smell, the feel, the experience, etc. However, over the last few years, my personal reading habits have shifted. Most of my reading now happens digitally. It doesn’t make me love books less, but it has given me an appreciation for the convenience of digital. When it comes to the print vs digital debate, I tend to be of the mind that the reader should choose. However, research has demonstrated that reading comprehension improves with print texts.   

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The Pros and Cons of OER

Posted by Liz Schulte on 12/5/17 5:30 AM

Open Educational Resources are a hot topic in education. Students need ways to lower costs. Naturally, they look to schools to provide them with better solutions. In turn, many schools look to OER to help accomplish that goal. However, these no-cost options are just a piece of the course materials puzzle.

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UNM Bookstore Ditches Traditional Margins, Adds Price Comparison and Sees Big Boost in Unit Sales

Posted by Dean Asher on 7/24/17 5:30 AM

University of New Mexico Bookstore Director Carrie Mitchell jokes that sometimes she thinks her state is a little behind the curve of textbook trends. When sales started to stagnate and decline for stores nationwide five or six years ago, as students flocked toward perceived better deals online, the UNM Bookstore remained steady.

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What the Increase in Distance Learning Means for Your School, and Your Brick-and-mortar Store

Posted by Dean Asher on 11/24/16 5:00 AM

An interesting new statistic is reassuring news for private higher ed institutions that saw their "inevitable downfall" being forecast a few months ago: Distance learners are on the rise at institutions nationally, and it's proving to be a major revenue stream.

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What Your Store Needs to Know about the Latest Instructional Tech Survey

Posted by Dean Asher on 10/11/16 9:04 AM

The majority of faculty members nationwide are increasing their use of technology in the classroom. That's great news for your store.

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