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Piramanayagam, Senthilkumaran and Seal, Partho Pratim, "Choice between eBooks and printed books: A study among hospitality and tourism educators and learners" (2020). Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal).
The emergence of electronic books (ebook) changed the position of printed books in the learning space. This study examines the perceptions and preferences of hospitality and tourism educators and learners. Similarities and dissimilarities in the preference, perception and its link with gender, and scope of the degree course what the respondents teach and learn are analyzed. Data was collected from both students and teachers of hospitality, tourism and culinary degree program at a private university located in Karnataka, India. A structured questionnaire was used to collect data from the respondents. The result of the study shows that printed books are preferred mostly for their easy usage and reading. Both student and teachers of hospitality and tourism feel pleasure in reading printed books. However, both hospitality and tourism educators have more intention to use e-books in the future. The findings obtained will help the educational service providers, publishers and librarians in their decisions related to investment and management of library resource very effectively which facilitate teaching and learning process.