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.
At a press event held Thursday morning at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Apple introduced iBooks 2, a new version of the company's e-book software that adds a new textbook category. The company also announced iBooks Author, which provides free, interactive tools to create e-books.
Two new capabilities, Kno Flashcards and an analytics tool called Kno Me, will soon be available with smart textbooks distributed by Kno, a Santa Clara, CA-based provider of educational software.
Students can now use Twitter to find and purchase textbooks online.
College and university students will test drive Thuze, a new e-textbook platform, at CES this week
As the new year begins, education technology experts look at what's ahead for learners and educators.
Kno, a provider of e-textbooks and educational software, has surpassed 45 publishers of digital material in its catalog with the addition of 15 new companies.
California's Senate is pondering legislation to mandate the development of digital textbooks in order to save college students money. A new bill proposes that the state invest $25 million to create 50 new textbooks, which would be made available free to students in digital form or would cost $20 each in printed form.
Virtually everyone who works at an academic institution has experienced the complexity, uncertainty, and sometimes turmoil that has resulted from the collision of the new and evolving digital media world with a system of copyright that was originally created for more traditional media. Ray Uzwyshyn, director of online libraries for the American Public University System--with 104,000 all-online students--sees these challenges often and suggests that it’s time to rethink digital copyright assumptions.
Research and reference publisher Gale has done a major revamp of the interface for Gale Virtual Reference Library, its online e-book platform, emulating some of the techniques used by physical libraries.
Seven out of 10 undergraduate students attending the University of California, Riverside don't buy textbooks, preferring to rent them, rely on instructor-provided materials, or go without.