Changing how people learn with digital textbooks

By Susan Lulgjuraj
May 16, 2014 // 1 Comment

EBooks are changing education, starting from the teachers on down. Two recent stories have showed how developers are using digital textbooks to change the way teachers and students engage. The first story comes out of Pennsylvania where teachers at Mercersburg Academy have created textbooks they [...]

Renting Textbooks from Amazon? Better Not Cross State Lines…

By libertyc
August 18, 2013 // 7 Comments

A poster at Mobile Read alerted me to this shocking story from Inside Higher Ed, about a new textbook rental program. The article warns of a clause in the textbook rental fine print that restricts users renting through Amazon’s Warehouse Deals, Inc, from moving the textbook out of the state [...]

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 [...]

Morning Links — E-Reading stories you may have missed

By Dan Eldridge
February 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

Blind Date with a Free eBook (Galleycat) Students Still Not Taking to E-Textbooks, New Data Show (Digital Book World) Barnes & Noble’s Big Problem — and a Solution (Digital Book World) Why Traditional Publishing Is Really In A ‘Golden Age’: (NPR) The Most Borrowed Library [...]

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 [...]

Should Universities Force E-Textbooks on Students?

By libertyc
September 7, 2012 // 4 Comments

By Stephanie Brooks Last month, USA Today reported that a few colleges and universities in the U.S. now require students to purchase e-textbooks instead of traditional textbooks. The USA Today article noted that many of the students attending these colleges are opposed to being obligated to buy [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

‘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 [...]

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