Textbook market in 'turmoil'

Textbook market in 'turmoil'

Academic bookselling has “changed fundamentally”, with one bookseller questioning the “commercial future” of selling textbooks. In a column for The Bookseller following the closure of his independent academic bookshop in Plymouth after 42 years, Ron Johns argues the structure of the academic book trade is “about to fall apart” and that traditional print textbooks have become “obsolete”.

Among the reasons he cites to support his claims are: direct selling by academic publishers to universities; digital, course-specific textbooks and online platforms; low margins (of 30%) offered by publishe...

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