The majority of university courses still use printed textbooks without requiring online supplements. But the use of added online materials is growing fast, and certainly faster than all-digital options, in which a printed book is cast aside completely.
At the University of Kansas' bookstores, for instance, the number of courses requiring print textbooks that are bundled with supplemental access codes is up to about 25 to 30 a semester, compared with 10 to 15 two years ago, says Estella McCollum, director of KU Bookstores. And those courses are typically introductory ones with large enrollments, so thousands of students are affected.
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