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.


Cambridge To Recreate Texts for iPads, iPhones

The publishing arm of the University of Cambridge will be working with an education software producer to convert three of its medical textbooks into iOS apps for use on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices

Back to the Future: The Changing Paradigm for College Textbooks and Libraries

The debate over electronic textbooks and ever-increasing costs for traditional textbooks continues to rage. Part of these Web-era dilemmas ironically involves the willingness to face contradictions from the university's past.

iPad, Tablet Users Prefer Digital Texts

Acceptance of digital texts is way up, especially among users of iPads and other tablets. In fact, according to research released this week, time spent reading texts in digital formats now just about equals the time spent on paper-based texts.

Stepping up to the Genius Bar

As they reconsider their role on campus, college bookstores take inspiration from the Apple Store.

AcademicPub Opens Custom Textbook-Building to Faculty

AcademicPub has launched a service that lets instructors create digital and print texts using copyrighted works, faculty-created material, and resources the company has in its own library.

CourseSmart Launches E-Textbook App for Android

CourseSmart has released a new mobile electronic textbook app for Android OS-based smart phones and tablets, CourseSmart for Android 1.0.

Brief: Pearson Releases CourseConnect 2.0

Pearson has launched CourseConnect 2.0, the newest version of the company's suite of online courses for higher education.

CourseSmart, Pearson eCollege Team Up To Provide Digital Materials

CourseSmart and Pearson eCollege have partnered to provide more than 20,000 electronic textbooks, custom products, and other digital materials through a single sign on.

Buena Vista To Go Campuswide with iPad Program

All 1,100 students at Iowa's Buena Vista University will receive an Apple iPad 2 along with a laptop computer. The university said students wouldn't face any additional charges or pay fees as a result of receiving the iPad.

Open Textbook Publisher Flat World Knowledge Gets Random House Investment

Flat World Knowledge, which offers a unique, open license model for digital textbook publishing, will be receiving an infusion of capital from major trade book publisher Random House.