App Review: Nota

By Susan Lulgjuraj
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 [...]

Bookshare introduces new products for disabled readers

By Susan Lulgjuraj
February 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

Bookshare has developed two new digital products to help those with disabilities. Bookshare’s Web Reader and Bookshelf were announced at the Assistive Technology Industry Association conference, held January 30 through February 2 in Orlando, Fla. The products were created to help those with [...]

Where to Look for Textbook Alternatives

By Joanna Cabot
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 [...]

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed

By Joanna Cabot
November 13, 2012 // 0 Comments

15 Must-Have Collaboration Tools for Journalists (Media Shift) 3M Expands Collaboration with Penguin (Good E-Reader) The Kind of Journalism we Need is Changing but Can Journalists Make the Transition? (GigaOM) Digital Textbook Study Shows Interactive Features Were Used More than Embedded Videos [...]

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed

By Joanna Cabot
November 7, 2012 // 0 Comments

Why I’m Not Sold on the iPad Mini (Good E-Reader) Will Disney Block Star Wars Fan-Made Content? (Techdirt) Content Hackathons: The Future of Textbooks (GigaOM) Readability Adds New Grid Reading View (The Digital Reader) Kindle Daily Deal: Sly Fox by Jeanine Pirro {and} The Templeton Twins [...]

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

By Dan Eldridge
September 18, 2012 // 2 Comments

Back in mid-June, we posted a press release that introduced you to, 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 [...]

Textbooks: A race to the bottom?

By Joanna Cabot
September 13, 2012 // 1 Comment

From The Textbook Guru comes this interesting op-ed on the price of textbooks. We’ve all heard about how Amazon, the secondhand market, textbook rentals and so on are taking a bite of Big Pub, but what this article points out is that the average price per title is falling across all markets, [...]

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

By Chris Meadows
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 [...]

Digital content alone may not reduce textbook prices

By Chris Meadows
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 [...]

Cengage Learning pulls textbooks from Kno; Kno sues

By Chris Meadows
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 [...]

Kno adds analytical and flashcard features to its e-textbooks

By Chris Meadows
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 [...]

Bookstep offers a la carte model for e-textbooks

By Chris Meadows
December 23, 2011 // 0 Comments

I’m sure everyone who went to college has had the experience of having to buy a whole book when their professor only turned out to need a few chapters from it. One of the obvious benefits of digital media is that it is more easily segmented than a printed and bound book; in theory, students ought [...]

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