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Started by Fambo Number Mive, July 16, 2019, 09:45:00 AM
QuoteThe world's largest education publisher has taken the first step towards phasing out print books by making all its learning resources "digital first".Pearson said students would only be able to rent physical textbooks from now on, and they would be updated much less frequently.The British firm hopes the move will make more students buy its e-textbooks which are updated continually."We are now over the digital tipping point," boss John Fallon told the BBC."Over half our annual revenues come from digital sales, so we've decided a little bit like in other industries like newspapers or music or in broadcast that it is time to flick the switch in how we primarily make and create our products."The firm currently makes 20% of its revenues from US courseware, but has been struggling as students increasingly opt to rent second-hand print textbooks to save money.
Quote from: Fambo Number Mive on July 16, 2019, 02:04:48 PMJust academic textbooks, I assume.I think books will always be around as VHS tapes were consumed in the same way DVDs are, whereas books offer upsides that ebooks can not (e.g. they can't be deleted).
Quote from: imitationleather on July 16, 2019, 02:17:12 PMThis can only be a good thing. Academic textbooks are a fucking ballache.As long as they're a bit cheaper, because the only good thing about them is that you can resell once your NVQ is done. Which you now won't be able to.They won't be cheaper, though.
Quote from: imitationleather on July 16, 2019, 02:17:12 PMThis can only be a good thing.
Quote from: Twed on July 16, 2019, 10:20:47 PMIt could be a bad thing if the publisher controls the consumer's access to the book (deleting, as Fambo mentioned, or revised in a way where you can't see the old version). Books with DRM are difficult to archive.
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