At least that's what yesterday's New York Times article indicates. Despite the fact that in most cases, print books are more expensive, college kids surveyed in two studies said they "prefer a bound book to a digital one."
“Students grew up learning from print books,” said Nicole Allen, the textbooks campaign director for the research groups, “so as they transition to higher education, it’s not surprising that they carry a preference for a format that they are most accustomed to.”
And I think that's the revelatory part of the quote: "grew up learning from print books." When today's college kids began reading, say around 1998 (assuming they're 18 years old now and were 6 when they started reading), there were no iPads or Kindles or Nooks. We only had books, brick-and-mortar bookstores, and libraries.
Fast forward 12 years. Future college-bound children like mine (crossing fingers), are seeing their parents reading on Kindles and iPads and other e-readers. And not just a few of us here and there: The Wall Street Journal reports that "11 million Americans are expected to own at least one digital reading gadget" this year. Kids and parents are using the gadgets for games and watching YouTube, but also for reading.