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.


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.

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?

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.

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.