March 4, 2021

Pearson will stop printing school books and offer them in digital form

The Pearson publishing house, the most important in the education sector in the United Kingdom, will eventually print school books and offer them first in digital form.

The British firm said it expects students to start buying more and more the digital version of the texts of their different subjects since they will be updated permanently.

"We are now facing a digital inflection point, more than half of our turnover comes from digital sales, so we have decided, a bit like other industries, such as newspapers or music (…) to change the way we we created our products first, "the company's CEO John Fallon told the BBC.

The executive added that Pearson hopes to stop reviewing and updating the study books every three years, a model that has marked this industry for the last 40 years.

With this measure, the publisher will only update next year 100 of the 1,500 books it prints.

"There will still be textbooks (print) in use for many years but I think that, progressively, it will become a smaller part of the learning experience," Fallon added.

"We learn by getting involved and sharing with others, and a digital environment allows you to do that in a much more effective way," he said.

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