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 Launches Faculty Review Program for Digital Textbooks

A company that produces digital versions of textbooks for higher education has launched a new program that makes the materials immediately and freely available for review by faculty members.

Kno To Launch Higher Ed-Specific E-Reader

Startup Kno has begun showing its two-display, touchscreen e-reader designed specifically for higher education use.

Course Tech Produces Information Security Texts

A new series from a division of Cengage Learning will address security measures for technology students. Course Technology has published five titles in the "Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures Series."

IIT Rolling Out iPads to Incoming Class

First-year freshmen entering the Illinois Institute of Technology will be receiving Apple iPads as part of their welcome packages.

CafeScribe Expands Social Networking Features

Follett has released an enhanced search and social networking update to its CaféScribe digital textbook platform.

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The Device Versus the Book

Electronic readers may be ushering in a watershed moment in personal reading, with the Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, and Barnes & Noble Nook duking it out for market dominance. But how do these contenders fare in the academic marketplace?

Florida State College Publishes Digital Textbooks

Five years after launching a project to develop low-cost and highly interactive course materials, faculty teams at Florida State College at Jacksonville have written 20 general education textbooks.

U Cincinnati and OhioLINK Research Digital Textbook Adoption

An Ohio research project is investigating just how students would prefer to get the text for their courses--whether in hard copy form, in versions suitable for mobile devices, or in some other digital format.