92% of college students prefer print books to e-books, study finds

By Michael Schaub for The LA Times

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If you imagine millennials are just young people entranced by their cellphones or tablet computers, you might want to think again. According to a new study, 92% of college students would rather do their reading the old-fashioned way, with pages and not pixels.

The finding comes from American University linguistics professor Naomi S. Baron, author of the book “Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World.” Baron led a team that asked 300 college students in the United States, Slovakia, Japan and Germany how they preferred to read.

Physical books were the choice of 92% of the respondents, who selected paper over an array of electronic devices.

Steven Hernandez, a student at Arizona State University is among those who prefer reading the real McCoy over files on a gadget. “I believe that the possibility and likelihood of distraction is too high when it comes to online learning tools like textbooks,” he wrote in an op-ed for his student newspaper. “The upside to e-books is the low price and the user interaction that it enables, but it requires integration and education of the technology being used — integration that students like myself are not accustomed to.”

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