Student Monitor, a market research firm, polled 1200 students in the US on how they buy textbooks
A couple months back I posted my analysis of a Coursesmart survey. This digital textbook provider had polled US college students and reported on how they used their mobile devices. My interpretation was that a significantly higher percentage were using digital textbooks than buying them, and this met with some resistance.
Today I got the results from another survey, and it looks like I was right.
Student Monitor, a market research firm, polled 1200 students in the US on how they buy textbooks. You can find the nearly complete results in the infographic at the bottom of the post, but the short answer was that used textbooks were the primary source, with students estimating that they spent 45% of their textbook budget. New textbooks came in 2nd (31%), with rented (15%) and digital textbooks (9%) coming in 3rd and 4th. The survey also showed that students only bought about 3/4 of the required textbooks, with only 58% of students buying all the required textbooks.
Full article here.