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.

Blackboard and McGraw-Hill Test New Course System in 20 Pilots

A slew of schools are testing out a blend of course management functionality and textbook content that could make for a simpler transition for institutions to the use of more digital curriculum.

Cerritos College Experiments with Custom Textbooks

A community college in Southern California will begin introducing custom textbooks into its courses in a partnership with media company Pearson.

Kno Tablets Begin Rolling Out to Faculty, Students

Kno is shipping its highly anticipated tablets designed specifically for higher education. The units come in 14.1-inch single- and dual-touchscreen formats and are purpose-built for education, incorporating an e-textbook reader, notetaking and collaboration features, and a range of open technologies for general computing.

Kno E-Reader Tablets To Start at $599

Kno Inc. said Monday night that it is now accepting preorders for its first generation single- and dual-screen electronic textbook readers. The tablets will initially run $599 for the single-screen model and $899 for the dual-screen model and are expected to be delivered, at least to some customers, by the end of the year.

Brief: Utility Converts Books to EPUB Format

Assistive technology developer Don Johnston Inc. has released a new tool that allows users to convert electronic books to the EPUB format, used by Android and iOS devices, among other electronic book readers and tablet devices.

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Oxford, Rice, Open U Add to iTunes U Electronic Book Collection

Three institutions--Oxford University, Rice University, and Open University--have added e-books for free download through iTunes U, Apple's educational area in its iTunes Store. Each is taking a unique approach to the selection of its e-books, but all are using the EPUB format.

Duke Latest To Sign Journal Open Access Compact

Pricey subscription journals will take another hit with news that Duke University has joined a group of kindred research institutions in signing a Compact for Open Access Publishing Equity (COPE).

U Texas San Antonio Opens Bookless Library

The University of Texas at San Antonio may be able to claim a first: The recently opened Applied Engineering and Technology Library has no printed books in its collections--not a single one, other than those brought in by students and faculty.

Virginia State Moves to Digital Textbooks in Business Program

Virginia State University recently purchased a digital site license for textbooks from Flat World Knowledge to be used in business courses. In place of traditional textbooks, students enrolled in the university's School of Business will be using the alternative publisher's books in digital formats.