Electronic Textbooks

E-books are being widely adopted as alternatives to traditional textbooks. Here you'll find articles detailing new developments in the area of e-book and e-textbook technologies, along with stories about institutions adopting them.


Duke Libraries Offers E-Books and Audiobooks for Personal Mobile Devices

Duke University Libraries has launched a new service, called Duke OverDrive, which lets students, faculty and staff download e-books and audiobooks to their personal mobile devices, including iPhones, iPads, Nooks, Android phones and tablets and Kindles.

EdX Implementing Vital Source E-Textbook Platform

MOOC provider edX has selected the VitalSource Bookshelf e-textbook platform from Vital Source Technologies to distribute publisher content for its massive open online learning courses.

XanEdu and SharedBook to Merge

Two companies specializing in custom course materials — XanEdu and SharedBook — have agreed to merge.

A Mobile Initiative That's More Than Just a Tablet Handout

Southern Illinois University's Mobile Dawg Tablet Initiative combines a tablet rollout with apps, digital content and services designed to directly impact student success.

Vital Source Acquires CourseSmart

Vital Source Technologies, the e-learning content arm of Ingram Content Group, has acquired CourseSmart, a provider of digital textbooks in the higher education market.

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Boundless Rewrites the Textbook

Post-lawsuit, this alternative to established players is ready once again to push ahead in its goal of dismantling the textbook industry as we know it.

Kaplan Online Students To Hit Online Bookshelf for Texts

Kaplan University's online program will be using digital content supplied by Ingram Content Group.

Blackboard Developing New Online Bookstore Right in the LMS

This summer, Blackboard plans to introduce a virtual bookstore accessible directly within the learning management system.

OpenStax College and Lumen Learning Partner to Expand Adoption of Open Educational Resources

Rice University-based publisher OpenStax College today announced a partnership with open education services provider Lumen Learning, combining OpenStax College's free textbooks with Lumen Learning's support services to help higher education institutions and faculty members successfully transition to using open educational resources (OER).

3 Learning Content Trends to Watch in 2014

We asked 5 higher ed IT experts to rate the "hotness" of MOOCs, e-textbooks and more.