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 Unveils E-Textbooks Portal App

CourseSmart has released a new app that allows users access to e-textbooks from mobile devices including the Kindle Fire, iPad, and Android devices.

Amazon Ships Kindle Fire, Kindle Touches Early

Amazon will release its new tablet, the Kindle Fire, one day early, and its new e-readers, the Kindle Touch and the Kindle Touch 3G, six days early.

Wake Forest, Odigia Collaborate on Textbook Alternative

Wake Forest University and Odigia have partnered to create BioBook, a digital alternative to college-level biology textbooks.

7 Ways to Streamline Student Services

To meet the expectations of today's tech-savvy students, colleges and universities are looking for ways to speed up their processes and provide better services for their No. 1 customer.

Campus Computing Survey: Mobile Apps Grow, Cloud Adoption Slow

The results of a nationwide survey about technology in higher education suggest that the growth of mobile computing on campus has been dramatic in the last year, but that despite the attention paid to cloud computing, most universities are taking a wait-and-see approach for most applications beyond e-mail.

Berkeley College Adopts Courseload To Provide Digital Course Materials

Berkeley College has selected Courseload, Inc. to provide digital material for the college’s online academic program.

Desire2Learn To Improve Integration with Cengage Resources

Users of the Desire2Learn Learning Suite will have direct access to digital materials from Cengage Learning thanks to a partnership between the two companies announced last week.

Western Governors U Taps CourseSmart for E-Textbook Delivery

Western Governors University has gone public with its use of a service that delivers textbooks in digital form to its students through its online learning environment.

Indiana U Strikes Cost-Cutting Deal with E-Text Publishers

Indiana University (IU) has negotiated new publisher agreements that are expected to reduce the costs of e-textbooks for students, extend the periods in which they have access to the texts, and give them more flexibility in how they use the digital material.

Saylor Foundation Kicks Off Open Textbook Challenge

The Saylor Foundation is offering $20,000 to college textbook authors willing to allow free use of their publications by students and educators. The deadline for the first wave of funding is Nov. 1.