Textbook publisher Follett threatens price-comparison browser plug-in

By Chris Meadows
January 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

A textbook price-comparison browser extension developed by textbook price finding site Texts.com has come under fire from textbook publisher Follett. This extension, “Occupy the Bookstore,” sits in a user’s browser and pops up less-expensive alternative purchasing sites when the user is [...]

Why I Wish More Textbooks Had E-Versions

By Joanna Cabot
August 1, 2014 // 3 Comments

I take a course every summer, and after last year’s bliss of ‘no book, just online articles’ we are back to a paper-only text for this one. And it’s so annoying! In counterpart to that big heavy book I have to lug around with me if I want to work not at home, I am doing a [...]

What to pay for e-books: a formula

By Chris Meadows
June 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

I’ve seen people make estimates of what they thought was the right amount to pay for an e-book, but I can’t say I’ve seen one actually put it into an equation before. But Ramzi Amri, an MD/PhD candidate in Surgical Oncology, has. He wrote up an answer on Quora including the following [...]

FAA failure to keep up with commercial drone use could prevent innovation

By Chris Meadows
February 25, 2014 // 1 Comment

At the risk of droning on, it seems like there has been a lot of news involving drones lately. We covered Amazon’s announcement of package delivery (someday) via drones, and some responses to it. Clearly, drone services could fill the middle range between snail-mail delivery and electronic [...]

Is there more to the college textbook 'bubble' than meets the eye?

By libertyc
July 18, 2013 // 1 Comment

Over at The Digital Reader, founding editor Nate Hoffelder posted some comments on a report from something called “The Book Industry Study Group,” which shows an increase in “piracy” among college students. It isn’t clear from the limited info Nate posted just how [...]

Study shows college textbook piracy rising, digital textbook adoption falling

By libertyc
July 18, 2013 // 2 Comments

On The Digital Reader, Nate Hoffelder has some details from a study suggesting that the adoption of digital textbooks is in trouble, and piracy is up considerably. Nate places the blame on the rising cost of textbooks in general. He includes a chart that shows textbook prices have been increasing [...]

Self-Published Books Not a Solution for K-12? Don't Be So Sure…

By libertyc
May 6, 2013 // 1 Comment

Christopher Harris has a thought-provoking essay up at The Digital Shift in which he argues that self-published books are “not a solution” for K-12. He argues that publishers “serve a critical role in the information ecosystem” by vetting and recommending quality books to [...]

Living Through the E-Textbook Revolution: One man's story

By libertyc
April 10, 2013 // 1 Comment

David Rabvinowitz has a great story up at TidBITS chronicling his experiences as a college student during this time of e-transition. Rabinowitz has a slightly more nuanced take on the whole situation because, in addition to regular classroom use, he was part of a pilot project at the University of [...]

Supreme Court rules importation of textbooks legal under First Sale doctrine

By libertyc
March 19, 2013 // 4 Comments

Remember the Supreme Court case about the Thai exchange student who bulk imported cheap overseas copies of textbooks and resold them in the U.S. (making over $1 million in sales) to finance his doctorate? The judges handed down a decision today. By a six to three majority, they found that the [...]

A legitimate archive of free textbooks

By Dan Eldridge
March 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

I received an email earlier this week from Dr. Frank Lowney, an occasional TeleRead contributor, and the author of The Coming ePublishing Revolution in Higher Education. Dr. Lowney, who is professionally affiliated with Georgia College & State University, most definitely knows his stuff when [...]

App Review: Nota

By libertyc
February 22, 2013 // 2 Comments

With tablets becoming part of the classroom, new apps regularly arrive on the market to aid educators. One of the newest releases for Android devices is Nota, an app that allows users to add videos, links and images to the pages of textbooks. Nota could aid a wide range of people, providing a [...]

Why Online Textbooks Still Don't Work

By libertyc
January 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Techdirt has a great write-up about a school district that is spending over $2 million to switch back to paper textbooks after investing heavily in an on-line model. The problem? Surprisingly, it’s not one of those, ‘There isn’t enough content available yet!’ situations. [...]

Where to Look for Textbook Alternatives

By libertyc
November 29, 2012 // 1 Comment

I’ve seen a lot of articles lately about the high cost of textbooks. This one was about site licenses and how they penalize smaller schools. This one is about the use of e-readers in developing countries. This one is an infographic that looks at the issue from a variety of angles. It [...]

California universities to produce 50 open-source textbooks

By libertyc
September 29, 2012 // 5 Comments

California Governor Jerry Brown gave his pen a workout this past Thursday,  September 27. In addition to signing legislation prohibiting social network snooping by employers and colleges, he also signed off on a proposal for the state to fund 50 open source digital textbooks. He signed two [...]

Report says 57.8% of U.S. students prefer digital textbooks

By libertyc
September 18, 2012 // 2 Comments

Back in mid-June, we posted a press release that introduced you to BookBoon.com, a London-based online publisher that offers free open-access textbooks for students. We heard from BookBoon again this morning; apparently the company recently asked roughly 10,000 students about their preferences [...]

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