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The world's largest education publisher, Pearson, has said it will [gradient / gradually] phase out printed textbooks. It has taken a [deciding / decision] to make all of its learning resources "digital first". Pearson said the future of the industry is [on / in] e-books and digital services. Pearson CEO John Fallon explained more about the company's future [drift / direction] . He told the BBC: "We are now over the digital [trapping / tipping] point. Over half our [annual / annually] revenues come from digital [sales / selling] , so we've decided, a little bit like in [another / other] industries like newspapers or music or in broadcast, that it is time to [flick / fleck] the switch in how we primarily make and create our [produce / products] ." He added: "I am increasingly confident and excited about this."

Pearson said a [huge / hugely] advantage of digital books is that they can be [continuous / continually] updated, which means teachers will always have access to the latest [aversions / versions] of textbooks. Mr Fallon said Pearson would stop its [current / currant] business model of [revising / revision] printed course books every three years. He said this model has [contaminated / dominated] the industry for over four [decadence / decades] and is now past its use-by date. Fallon said: "We learn by engaging and sharing with others, and a digital [environment / circumstance] enables you to do that in a much more effective way." He added the digital books will [repeal / appeal] to the "Netflix and Spotify generation". Textbook writers are worried they will earn less from their books as digital products are [solid / ] sold on a subscription basis.

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