SETDA releases new report on the shift to digital textbooks

OUT OF PRINT: That's the title of a new report from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) on the multi-billion dollar shift from print textbooks to digital. It highlights some states including Indiana, Texas, Utah, Virginia that have been most proactive in supporting this shift, and recommends "completing the transition by no later than the 2017-18 school year." Despite contrary reports that older students, particularly in college, prefer print to digital, SETDA confidently asserts that "it is not a question if the reimagining of the textbook will permeate all of education, but only a matter of how and how fast." Californians, meanwhile, are still waiting to see if Governor Brown will sign open-source textbook legislation that's on his desk, notes the nonprofit advocacy group, 20 Million Minds.

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