One of the classes has an inexpensive coursepack of public domain texts and a number of separate books (no big textbook), but some of the readings I left online rather than including them in the coursepack. It's a good-sized class for a humanities discipline.
Today I asked them this: "We're told that people under 25 would rather read things online than in paper form. What do you think? Would you rather read X online, or would you have preferred to have it in the course pack?" Result: 80% voted for coursepack over reading online. Reasons:
- Too hard to mark up stuff on a computer. You have to click, open a text box, maybe click some more to highlight something, etc. Working with paper is just easier.
- Hard to find specific spots.
- We skip too much when we read on a screen because that's what we're used to from Facebook.
- "I just like paper."
The 20% mostly had systems in place for marking things up in downloaded texts, but they didn't have as much to say as the majority.
And now I have to watch John King wave his arms and work his magic with the fancy maps.