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.

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.

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.

Reading in the Dark Ages

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