Released: September 3, 2013

It’s Complicated. How Two Schools are Riding the Transition to Ebooks

In a 2013 survey, 26 percent of School Library Journal subscribers said they currently use digital textbooks and ebooks, and 11 percent plan to use them. These statistics mirror national trends. Twenty-three percent of Americans over the age of 15 read ebooks, up from 16 percent the previous year, according to a Pew Research Center Internet & American Life Project survey from December 2012.

For this close-up report on going digital, SLJ talked to academic experts and visited librarians, teachers, and students at two high-performing Illinois high schools: New Trier Township High School in Winnetka and Northfield, and Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. Both schools serve upper-middle-class Chicago suburbs.

We asked the big questions on everyone’s mind. What type of device do schools prefer? Which are the best ebook providers? How many student iPads get damaged per year? Do students read more in ebook or print format?

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