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9 out of 10 students find textbooks too expensive – The Big Bookboon Textbook Survey

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On the occasion of the start of the new semester we have asked close to 10.000 students about their opinion on digital vs. printed textbooks. Would you like to learn more about international students’ reading and learning habits? On the right you can see, for examples, the results from the US. Interested? Then take a look at the other results. And last but not least, thanks to all those who participated in our survey.

About the survey

Our textbook survey was conducted between the 1st of June and the 1st of September. During this time close to 10.000 students from countries such as the United States, India, the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands answered our questions about the use of textbooks. Let’s take a look at the results – in a written and graphical version. Don’t miss this!


Some of the main results

  • US students are the champions of digital textbooks: 58% favour digital over printed textbooks.
  • UK students are the kings and queens of taking it easy: 62.5% of the students in favor of digital textbooks prefer them because they are easier to carry.
  • Dutch students never get tired of flipping real pages around: 70% of them are still preferring printed books.
  • Indian students are pioneers in matters of eTextbooks: 54,1% prefer digital before printed textbooks
  • 94% of the Germans refuse to always buy the required textbook
  • Almost half of the Swedish students realized they only need a few chapters of their textbooks


All results of the specific countries 


And here are some of the articles featuring our student survey


Thank again to the thousands of students who filled out our questionnaire, you have been a great help!

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