Education content publishers say they are far from discontinuing traditional printed resources.
A 2010 Scholastic-Gates Foundation study of 40,000 pre-K12 teachers, “Primary Sources: America’s Teachers on America’s Schools,” found that 80 percent of high school students continue to get reading material primarily from school libraries. And a 2012 Pew Internet and American Life survey, “Reading Habits in Different Communities,” found that 90-93 percent of readers still preferred print books over e-books.
Mary Cullinane, executive vice president of global corporate responsibility for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, says that while her company’s digital textbooks offer engaging interactive multimedia elements, many schools are still a long way from the 1:1 technology deployment that would allow students to take advantage of them.
Kate Miller, vice president of communications for Pearson, adds that the company will publish printed textbooks as long as there is a need.