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 Developing New Online Bookstore Right in the LMS

This summer, Blackboard plans to introduce a virtual bookstore accessible directly within the learning management system.

3 Learning Content Trends to Watch in 2014

We asked 5 higher ed IT experts to rate the "hotness" of MOOCs, e-textbooks and more.

Can MOOCs Replace Traditional Textbooks?

MOOC content can be a valuable addition to course materials, but more experimentation is needed.

Lane CC's Award-Winning Faculty Development Program for OER Adoption

The high cost of traditional textbooks has been recognized as a likely roadblock to student success and is one of the reasons institutions are looking at the adoption of open education resources. But converting a course for OER can be a challenge for instructors. Lane Community College's OER Faculty Fellowship program offers both incentives and support for faculty adoption of OER. The college's ongoing OER adoption work of five years earned it a WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) award this fall.

OverDrive Launches Streaming Video Service for Schools

Schools and libraries will soon have a new way to access and stream video, at no charge, directly to computers and mobile devices.

Courseload Joins Non-Profit Readium To Advance EPUB, Open Web Platform

Courseload, a provider of e-textbooks and digital resources for higher education, has joined the Readium Foundation, a non-profit consortium that seeks to advance EPUB and Open Web Platform publishing.

Google's Book-Scanning: Education Community Responds to Fair Use Ruling

Higher ed library leaders commend last week's court decision to dismiss the long-running lawsuit between Google and The Author's Guild over Google Books.

Kno Bought Out by Intel

Intel has acquired Kno, the education software and e-textbook platform developer.

Gale Intros Usage Purchase Model for E-books

Gale's new purchasing model enables college and university libraries to buy e-books from Gale Virtual Reference Library according to actual usage.

New Mellon Grant Preserves Digital Journals at Cornell and Columbia

Two university libraries will be working together to preserve the content from their collections of digital journals.