Government-backed research has recently revealed that students in England are far less likely to work from textbooks than students in countries gaining the top exam results. Most schools these days rely on photocopied worksheets or information on whiteboards.

Textbooks are useful to teachers, parents and students: for teachers, they reduce the workload of having to produce numerous worksheets; parents can use them to see what their children are working on and towards; and students can use them to read around a topic in more detail.

E-versions of textbooks are very useful but can they ever really replace the ease by which you can flick through and textbook or make notes in the margin?

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