The Encyclopedia Britannica Goes Out of Print

Three news stories caught my eye last week that may signal that change is coming to textbook publishing faster than expected.

First The Atlantic reports that only 8,000 copies of  the 2010 edition of Encyclopedia Britannica sold in the U.S., compared to 120,000 of the 1990 edition.  After 244 years, Britannica is ending the print edition.  Read more at:  A Sign of the Times: Encyclopedia Britannica to End Its Print Run

Next was the Wired Campus report on the Pearson Foundation survey that found —

One-fourth of the college students surveyed said they owned a tablet, compared with just 7 percent last year. Sixty-three percent of college students believe tablets will replace textbooks in the next five years—a 15 percent increase over last year’s survey.

Read more at:  Tablet Ownership Triples Among C0llege Students

Final one was the Washington Post item on the iPad app for the Khan Academy.  The Khan Academy is  known for its educational videos teaching math and other topics.   Read more at: Khan Academy launches on iPad: Is this education’s future?

These news items  made me wonder if speed is picking up for changes in textbook publishing and seem to support the prediction by Rob Reynolds, Director of Product Design and Research at Xplana,  that “25% of textbook market in Higher Education will be digital by 2015”  in  “What Trends Really Matter?”  presentation.

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