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.
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.
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.
As they reconsider their role on campus, college bookstores take inspiration from the Apple Store.
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 has released a new mobile electronic textbook app for Android OS-based smart phones and tablets, CourseSmart for Android 1.0.
Pearson has launched CourseConnect 2.0, the newest version of the company's suite of online courses for higher education.
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.
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.
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.
Two major institutions--Arizona State University and the University of Michigan--are giving faculty a chance to try out digital versions of textbooks; one has adopted the program, and the other is running a pilot.