Electronic books usage preference
One question that I like to explore is how electronic books are currently being used by students and faculty in universities. Computer related books such as those from Safari and Books24x7 are heavily used but I also observe that if available in print they are always checked out. Many students have told me that they prefer a print copy even when that book was avilable electronically. Those books with chapters with large number of equations are preferred in print form as indicated by students. At this point, I had asked this question to about 15 students and atleast 8 of those preferred print, three preferred either print or electronic and four wanted them in the electronic form. Although not a large sample, such responses have motivated me to conduct a survey on a larger scale which plan to do sometime in Fall. Meanwhile, I will be thrilled to hear what type of preferences users have from your institutions. Reference type books such as handbooks, tables, those from Knovel/ENGnetBASE/REFEREX are preferred electronically and are very heavily used at Drexel. Your responses are greatly appreciated.