Turning personal electronics into classroom participation devices

By libertyc
July 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

In classrooms, e-books are sort of top-down, one-way communication tools. You buy the book, you read what it says. But what if the same device you use for e-books could also be used to respond to the professor in your classroom? Ki Mae Heussner has an interesting piece at GigaOm on Top Hat Monocle, [...]

Fan Fiction law textbook collects legal analysis around the issue of fanfic and copyright

By libertyc
June 20, 2012 // 1 Comment

Some friends called my attention to an interesting-looking book: Fan Fiction and Copyright: Outsider Works and Intellectual Property Protection by Aaron Schwabach—a legal textbook examining the copyright issues surrounding fanfic. At $81 for the paper form or $70 for a Google e-book, it’s [...]

Inkling expands beyond iOS with HTML5 web-based e-textbook reading app

By libertyc
May 31, 2012 // 0 Comments

We previously reported that Inkling was launching a free e-book publishing platform in competition to Apple’s more restricted iBook Author, and that it was partnering with Follett in an e-textbook program. Up to this point, the utility of Inkling has been a bit limited in that access to its [...]

Judge decides mostly in favor of Georgia State University in e-reserves case

By libertyc
May 13, 2012 // 0 Comments

A decision has come down in the Georgia State University e-reserves case, which we’ve covered here, here, and here. The case concerned electronic compilations of course material that professors bundle together from books in situations where they would not be using enough material from a [...]

Digital content alone may not reduce textbook prices

By libertyc
May 11, 2012 // 6 Comments

Caroline Vanderlip, CEO of SharedBook, has an opinion piece on Inside Higher Ed stating that “going digital” is not a panacea that will automatically bring about lower prices for textbooks. Much as publishers of mass market fiction have been saying, if the costs of producing the material remain [...]

Changing the ending retroactively: Mass Effect’s new DLC and implications for e-books

By libertyc
April 7, 2012 // 15 Comments

Might one of the as-yet-untapped benefits of e-books be the ability to revise? After the ending of Mass Effect 3 sent fans into an uproar, BioWare and Electronic Arts have announced that a free downloadable content pack will be released this summer including additional cinematic sequences that will [...]

Cengage Learning pulls textbooks from Kno; Kno sues

By libertyc
February 16, 2012 // 0 Comments

All may not be coming up roses in e-textbook land. Sarah Kessler reports on Mashable that one of Kno’s largest-selling textbook publishers, Cengage Learning, is attempting to pull its material from Kno’s store—and Kno is suing for breach of license agreement. Though Kno deals with about 40 [...]

Ryerson U closes 1 of 2 bookstores; feelings are mixed

By Steven Lyle Jordan
February 10, 2012 // 1 Comment

That’s the take from this Toronto Star article: Mixed feelings about the loss of a bookstore at Ryerson University and the sequestering of its books, by the students… though not by the article’s author. “Poor books. Snubbed yet again, this time by a university, an [...]

‘Hundreds of schools’ using Chromebooks; three school districts order 27,000 units

By libertyc
January 26, 2012 // 2 Comments

CNet has an article about Google’s stripped-down Chromebook laptops, and their placement in schools. In a speech at the Florida Educational Technology Converence yesterday, Rajen Sheth, Google’s leader of Chromebook work for business and education, announced that hundreds of schools across 41 [...]

Kno reports 95% of students enjoyed using its e-textbooks

By libertyc
January 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

E-textbook company Kno has popped out a press release saying that it found 95% of college students who used its e-textbook application “found it very useful and plan to use it again”. The company conducted a study with four California community colleges, on 400 students and faculty in 27 [...]

Apple’s e-textbooks do not look so world-changing to educators

By libertyc
January 26, 2012 // 9 Comments

On Hack Education, Audrey Watters has a fairly long look at why Apple’s new textbook announcement may not be as revolutionary as expected. She was not impressed by Apple’s presentation, stating it lacked Steve Jobs’s magic touch, “the kind of thing that made both fans and skeptics say, [...]

Expense of iPads could make Apple’s tablet-based learning future problematic for high schoolers

By libertyc
January 22, 2012 // 3 Comments

On TechCrunch, MG Siegler looks at the new education programs launched by Apple and what they really mean for high schoolers. In Siegler’s opinion, not much. While they might give college students incentive to get iPads, he finds it doubtful that most high school students will be able to get [...]

Apple rumored to announce ‘GarageBand for e-books’, e-textbooks for iPad at event tomorrow

By libertyc
January 18, 2012 // 2 Comments

Ars Technica has a roundup of expectations for tomorrow’s special Apple event. Sources are suggesting a number of interesting possibilities, such as Apple producing a “GarageBand for e-books”—an inexpensive app that simplifies e-book creation and publication as GarageBand has for music. But [...]

Kno adds analytical and flashcard features to its e-textbooks

By libertyc
January 17, 2012 // 0 Comments

E-textbook provider Kno has not let getting out of the tablet business slow it down. (Indeed, given the lackluster performance of any tablet not made by Apple or Amazon lately, it was probably the wisest move it could have made.) CNet has a report from CES on some new features Kno has been adding [...]

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