By: Alecia Mouhanna, Marketing and Communications Specialist

In this series, we’re taking a deep dive into the findings of the newly released 2019 K-12 Digital Content Report co-sponsored by ASCD and OverDrive Education. The report compiles responses from 2,000 K-12 administrators to identify how ebooks and audiobooks are currently used, attitudes toward them and future plans. In the first installment, we looked at current usage data for both in and out of the classroom. This week, we’ll explore how much of their instructional materials and library/media materials budgets educators are spending on digital content.

Budgeting for ebooks and audiobooks in the classroom

On the whole, the share of instructional materials budgets allocated to digital content for classroom instruction has increased by 12% since 2016, indicating how vital ebooks and audiobooks have become to curriculum development. Of the respondents who reported using digital content in the classroom, 59% revealed that they spend more than a quarter of their instructional materials budget on it.

Budgeting for ebooks and audiobooks in the library/media center

When it comes to the library/media center, the average materials budget share dedicated to digital content was 31%, with 45% of educators reporting that they spend more than a quarter of their budget on ebooks and audiobooks.

To learn more about current ebook and audiobook trends for the classroom and school library, download the full  2019 K-12 Digital Content Report.