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.

What's Hot, What's Not 2013

As we embark on a new year, CT asks five IT experts to pick the winners and losers among the trends swirling in higher education.

Digital Textbook Publisher Kno Launches Student Study Dashboard Function

A company that publishes digital versions of textbooks from 65 publishers has developed a dashboard for use by students who use their materials to give them the rundown on just how much studying they're actually doing.

edX in the Community College: The MassBay Experience

During the Spring 2013 Semester, students at MassBay Community College will be able to take a three-credit hour course on Practical Python Programming that incorporates online course materials and instructional tools developed at MIT and made available through edX. Through its partnership with edX, MassBay will examine how courses developed at a premier research and teaching institution like MIT can be leveraged effectively by community colleges.

Heald Checks Out EBSCO EBooks

Private career school Heald College has enhanced its digital book collection by signing up for an eBooks on EBSCOhost subscription from EBSCO Publishing.

Rental and E-Book Sales Erode New Textbook Sales

A company that provides a virtual bookstore for colleges and universities reported that while digital textbook sales are growing, they still represent only a fraction of overall textbook sales.

Strong Acids and Shakespeare Sonnets: Making Mobile Apps for Liberal Arts

Unimpressed by the digital textbooks their students are using more and more, these two profs have set out to augment learning with small but potent mobile apps.

McGraw-Hill Selling Education Business to Investment Group

McGraw-Hill is selling its McGraw-Hill Education business to investment funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management (Apollo) for $2.5 billion.

AcademicPub Adds Multimedia Links, QR Codes

Professors can now add multimedia content to e-books from AcademicPub, provider of custom print and digital course materials for colleges and universities.

Utica College Adopts 'Low-Risk' E-Book Platform

Utica College in New York is expanding its collection of electronic books using a system that allows the college to purchase only the e-books that library patrons actually use.

CourseSmart Analytics Measures Student Engagement with Digital Materials

CourseSmart has kicked off a beta pilot of its new product that measures students' engagement with digital course material, CourseSmart Analytics.

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