It’s been almost one year since the country shut down, and schools are still adapting to the new normal of remote and hybrid learning environments–with a newfound reliance on digital books. While ebooks and audiobooks were already a part of many classrooms before COVID-19, they’re now a staple and will likely remain one for the foreseeable future.
Schools are increasingly turning to digital books to engage students in all subjects and encourage reading. Usage has been on the rise for years, but now ebooks are more critical than ever, especially with disruptions in the physical book supply chain. With the digital shift in full swing, it’s important to understand how digital books work, including the differences between digital and print pricing and availability.
In addition to benefits such as 24/7 access, flexibility, and no risk of damage or loss – ebooks and audiobooks support K-12 learning in many ways.
Teachers can individually assign curriculum-based titles to students through 1:1 or personal devices. This means students get the books they need when they need them. Indeed, students are not limited by school building hours, which allows them to get ebooks over the weekend or for summer reading programs. Plus, digital offers the most cost-effective purchasing options based on the timeframe a title is needed and the number of students who need access.