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.


Hacking the Classroom: Purdue U's Approach to Augmented Learning

Informatics Director Kyle Bowen explains how Purdue U is once again "hacking the classroom" by tying together the disparate apps and devices students bring with them, all in an effort to improve the ways in which technology can enhance teaching and learning.

CourseSmart Adds Interactive Content, Flexible Rental Options

Following on the heels of its recent announcement of Subscription Packs, CourseSmart, a provider of digital course materials, has announced the availability of interactive content and flexible rental options.

CourseSmart Subscription Packs Provide Flat Fee for 6 E-Books

CourseSmart has unveiled an e-book service called Subscription Packs that allows students access to e-textbooks for a discounted flat fee.

The Price is Right: 11 Excellent Sites for Free Digital Textbooks

If you're committed to shifting your curriculum to e-textbooks, consider trying free first. Here are the best sites for digital books that won't cost your students a dime.

CourseSmart Adds Analytics on Student E-Text Usage

E-textbook vendor CourseSmart has released a data analytics platform that has been in testing since last year.

Autodesk Licenses Support and Learning Material with Creative Commons

Autodesk, provider of 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software and services, has licensed its Media and Entertainment support, along with learning content for its 2014 product line, with Creative Commons.

Pilot Program Finds Cost Is the Primary Factor Behind E-Textbook Adoption

Cost is the main reason why colleges and universities are shifting from paper to electronic textbooks, according to a new report from the Educause Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR). Other motivating factors behind e-textbook adoption include availability, portability, functionality, and innovation.

Overcoming the Barriers to eText Adoption--Higher Education's Initiatives to Tame the Digital Content Tiger

The conversion from printed instructional content to digital content is inevitable. Just as the music industry progressed from vinyl to tape to CD and now to digital formats, so progresses the instructional content industry. With any change comes some level of resistance, doubt, and barriers to progress. The conversion from printed to digital content is no exception. Here, we'll propose initiatives to overcome these barriers.

Apple Found Guilty of E-Book Price Fixing

A federal judge at the Southern District of New York court has found Apple guilty of violating United States antitrust laws and colluding with five book publishing companies to inflate e-book prices. The three-week trial concluded June 20, and the judge issued the ruling July 9. The tech giant plans to appeal.

Blackboard Set To Test-Drive e-Textbook Integration

Blackboard has collaborated with Vital Source Technologies to launch a pilot program to test e-textbook integration with its Blackboard Learn learning management system.