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, [...]

Bookshare introduces new products for disabled readers

By libertyc
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, [...]

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 [...]

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed

By libertyc
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 [...]

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed

By libertyc
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 [...]

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 [...]

Textbooks: A race to the bottom?

By libertyc
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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Bookstep offers a la carte model for e-textbooks

By libertyc
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 [...]

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