Digital Book World reports that more students are reporting that required course content for college courses is steadily moving away from formal textbooks and toward digital materials, according to the latest Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education study from the Book Industry Study Group.
“Required content as reported by students continues to evolve away from one or more core textbooks toward new digital alternatives,” BISG said in a statement.
In some cases, professors are doing away with formalized course materials altogether, with 11% of students reporting this as the case as of October 2013, up from 4% in 2010.
The good news for educational publishers invested in digital media is that tablets continue to rise in importance in the classroom and despite low sales numbers more students are buying digital textbooks than before, according to the report.
Nearly 40 of students said that they have bought a digital textbook for a course in the past two years, a proportion that has grown faster over the past year.