How the UK’s free online textbook market is changing
Free online textbooks are not as popular as they once were, according to research from the British Council, which aims to promote the role of education in society.
Its study, released today, shows that the proportion of people who would pay for a digital textbook that is free or low in price is decreasing at a faster rate than those who would spend a small amount.
The report said that in 2020, 27.6% of the UK population would have paid for a free online text.
By 2020, that figure had fallen to 22.7%, and by 2025 it was down to 16.7%.
The findings follow a report from the Higher Education Policy Institute (HepI), which suggested that the decline in online book sales was due to “higher barriers to access and to learning” such as the fact that most students are already enrolled in higher education, often for free, rather than for tuition fees.
The HepI report found that the UK online textbook sector had grown in the past 10 years, but was still “smaller than the US, France, Germany and Australia”, with the UK spending £9,000 on online textbooks in 2016.
However, by 2020, the UK book market had increased by £4.5bn to reach £73bn.
Hepi, the think tank, has highlighted the importance of online textbook sales to support and support the UK economy.
However the report also highlighted that “a growing number of people are not interested in using the internet as an efficient tool for learning”.
It also said that people are increasingly accessing online textbooks online, as a result of a growing number the online book market.
It also warned that “online textbooks are increasingly used for the purpose of teaching for learning and therefore are a critical tool for enabling learning”, with more people than ever wanting to learn and be able to engage with content online.