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Students need ‘customised' academic books
A "tipping point" has been reached in the academic bookselling market as e-book sales take hold, the industry has been told.

Scott Coning, chairman of the Bookseller Association's Academic Professional and Specialist Bookselling Group told delegates at the annual conference that publishers and booksellers needed to work together to create a digital format tailoring learning resources to students' needs in the face of a rapidly changing consumer market.

Before he opened the conference, he told The Bookseller: "Students still use physical books, but for revising for exams. For foundation learning, they use different sources, such as Google Scholar. What booksellers and publishers need to do is come up with a way to sell customised learning, so students can download their reading lists, and pay for a subscription or license."

The Bookseller