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.
Western Governors University has gone public with its use of a service that delivers textbooks in digital form to its students through its online learning environment.
Indiana University (IU) has negotiated new publisher agreements that are expected to reduce the costs of e-textbooks for students, extend the periods in which they have access to the texts, and give them more flexibility in how they use the digital material.
The Saylor Foundation is offering $20,000 to college textbook authors willing to allow free use of their publications by students and educators. The deadline for the first wave of funding is Nov. 1.
Eminata Group, which runs six for-profit colleges and universities on 38 campuses in 22 Canadian cities, will be replacing traditional textbooks with digital ones over the next three years in a new deal with Pearson.
Starting in August, Bellevue College in Washington added a service that enables its bookstore shoppers to compare the price of alternative sources for textbooks and even buy them from the online store of their choosing. The comparison also includes estimated shipping costs.
A company that's converting textbooks into iPad apps has just released a new version of its platform. Version 2.0 of Inkling has a new study group feature that lets readers of the textbook communicate with others in class or Facebook friends by posting questions and comments on a specific page.
E-textbook developer Kno has released Textbooks 1.6.1 for iPad, bringing new multimedia resources to the textbook reader, including videos from Khan Academy, and adding new support for interactive 3D objects.
Digital textbook reader startup Kno plans to release its collection to Facebook, allowing its campus customers to buy and read e-books through a social networking service where, according to researchers, they already spend a lot of time.
When Florida's Daytona State College set out to implement an all-electronic textbook program two years ago, its goal was to drive down the cost of textbooks by 80 percent. The school is well on its way to achieving that goal, and along the way it made some discoveries about what it takes to make a successful transition to e-texts.
NYU Stern worked closely with vendor partner XanEdu to create an iPad version of its course packs that would serve business students' unique annotation and collaboration needs.