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.


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.

Is Ed Tech Accessible Enough?

Technology opens doors for college students and teachers, but it's not always adequate for non-traditional learners, despite meeting existing accessibility standards, according to professors at Western Michigan University.

Student Research: Can Googling Replace $168 Intro to Psych Textbook?

Students are taking the battle against high-priced textbooks into their own hands. This week, 11 University of Cincinnati seniors in the psychology program presented at an Educause event a comparison of the content of traditional college texts, one of which costs $168, to content they found for free on the Web.

Moberly Area CC Contracts with Pearson for Digital Resources

A Missouri community college system with seven campuses will be offering its 5,000 students the chance to purchase textbooks in digital form, get course help online, and use online reference resources.

Global Grid for Learning Brings Media Library to Joule LMS

Global Grid for Learning, a unit of Cambridge University Press, is teaming up with Moodlerooms to provide access to a digital media repository through the joule learning management system.

The Student Portfolio is the New Book: New Practices, Profession, and Scholarship

As the electronic portfolio becomes a more critical element in teaching and learning at higher education institutions as well as a key tool in an era of digital knowledge generation, a new field of scholarship is emerging around the study of ePortfolio practice--complete with its first scholarly journal, IJeP.

Evaluating the iPad for Education

A private liberal arts college in Oregon took Apple's iPad through its paces to test its value as a a tool for learning inside the classroom and out. The evaluation followed a pilot of Amazon's first-generation Kindle, which the college eventually decided against. In the words of the college's CIO, the Kindle just wasn't an adequate "alternative to paper." Did the iPad fare any better in the college's rigorous and methodical testing process?

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.