Ask the Educators: Will eBooks Replace Print Books in School Districts?

DON'T JUDGE A BOOK by its cover, especially if it's online. According to a new LightSail Education survey of 475 educators (75% of which are school and district leaders), 94% of respondents expect that ebooks will increase as "a share of books read" in their school or district over the next two years. While the educator preference for ebooks rather than print is a little over half of respondents, 58% report that ebooks currently represent less than 10% of all books in their school/district. 

In terms of ebook application, independent reading takes the cake. An overwhelming majority (90%) report that ebooks are used by students for independent reading, followed by whole class instruction (44%) and small group literacy instruction (41%). 

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