Find Out the Biggest Concern Among Schools Using or Implementing Ebooks

ebook on booksSchools, parents, and students had to navigate the virtual landscape differently in 2020. Almost overnight, new techniques and digital learning platforms found their way into virtual classrooms and at-home learning environments. We conducted a survey of the usage trends and statistics in private and charter schools across the country in 2020, and here are some of the highlights about what we learned:

Ebooks in Schools: Usage Trends & Statistics in 2020

  • When it comes to ebooks, 46% of schools surveyed reported that they are currently using ebooks and managing the implementation and troubleshooting themselves.
  • Most schools are using ebooks at some level. In fact, 62% of schools surveyed have been using ebooks for the last 5 to 7 years.
  • Schools and students are using digital resources more and more, including ebooks, becoming a staple in many schools and families.
  • The majority of schools use more than one publisher.
  • Among the schools surveyed, Technical Set-Up & Ongoing Maintenance is the biggest concern.

The Trouble with Troubleshooting

When schools try to manage the implementation and troubleshooting themselves, they can easily be using 20 to 30 different platforms! This can get complicated for teachers, students, and the designated IT person, trying to troubleshoot hundreds of requests from students and parents trying to access multiple platforms, all with different logins.


But it’s not always a pleasant experience. Especially if nobody knows who’s “in charge” of your school’s ebook implementation and ongoing support...or maybe nobody is! If there is one person who knows the tech and setup and they leave, then how do teachers, students, and parents get help? There’s difficulty in setting them up, managing, and training; tech and access issues; and publisher platforms can be frustrating to work with.

A Single Sign-On Solves Multiple Problems

Ideally, the solution is to have a single sign-on for each student to access all their books and/or publisher platforms in one place, along with publisher logins and licenses listed in one place. This gives ease of access to students and parents, so they don’t have to organize their digital books themselves as well as saving your teachers and IT staff from being 'password finders.'

Many schools find the process of managing the online and digital classrooms on their own to be chaotic and time-consuming. After using ebooks for years, schools and districts realize they no longer can devote their resources to learning, developing, and testing all the technical details required to get connected to the various publishers’ ebook systems. Instead, they need a comprehensive integration service and software.

Simplified School-Wide Ebook Implementation

When you partner with EdTech, school personnel receive a dedicated support staff that offers comprehensive customer service for students and parents – someone that can be contacted directly with a quick response time when troubleshooting needs to be done.

We know that ‘going digital’ can be scary – we make it a pleasant and positive experience for all involved! EdTech is the schools’ premier and modern-day choice for simplified, easy, and fast ebook implementation.

When you work with us, we create a personalized bookstore for your school where students can access and purchase their ebooks and textbooks on Shelfit.com. We also help publishers make their content available digitally to students on our robust multi-publisher ebook reader platform. We strongly believe that knowledge and good education should be available to all, and we are committed to developing and providing the online learning tools and modern services that make it possible.

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EdTech Solutions leverages education technology to improve learning by making it easy and simple for schools and students to manage and access individualized digital content on any device.  EdTech’s cutting-edge approach to schoolwide ebook implementation and our innovative online platform and tools give school administrators and teachers the controls they need while providing students and parents with access to all their content on one easy-to-use platform with a single login, in most cases.

When you work with us, we create a personalized bookstore for your school where students can access and purchase their ebooks and textbooks on Shelfit.com. We also help publishers make their content available digitally to students on our robust multi-publisher ebook reader platform. We strongly believe that knowledge and good education should be available to all, and we are committed to developing and providing the online learning tools and modern services that make it possible.