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.


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.

Arizona State and U Michigan Try Digital Texts

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.

When Textbooks and Social Media Collide

A professor at a Christian liberal arts college in Michigan puts textbooks together with social networking to get students jazzed about historical events.

Ohio System Teams with Flat World Knowledge on Freebie Digital Textbooks

The University System of Ohio is setting a spark under faculty members to encourage them to try out digital textbooks in the classroom with a new pilot program that will allow 1,000 Ohio students to receive the texts for free.

Student-Driven Content

OERs open the door for students to take control of the learning process.

Reading in the Dark Ages

It’s 2011 already. What’s the holdup with e-readers designed for the needs of academia?

Can Tech Transcend the Textbook?

As the e-book market explodes, publishers and educators debate why e-textbooks lag behind -- and what they should even look like.

Google Enters the E-Book Fray. What Does It Mean?

When one of the country's biggest technology companies--a company that has already digitized more than 15 million volumes as part of a mission to make humanity's literary treasures available to all--decides to sell e-books, it's easy to see the move as a defining moment.