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.

Apple Launches iBooks 2, iBooks Author

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.

Kno Adds Analytics, Flashcards to Digital Textbooks

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 Use Twitter to Buy Textbooks Online

Students can now use Twitter to find and purchase textbooks online.

Students To Test Drive Cloud-Based E-Book Platform

College and university students will test drive Thuze, a new e-textbook platform, at CES this week

Kno Adds 15 Publishers to its Catalog

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.

5 Higher Ed Tech Trends for 2012

As the new year begins, education technology experts look at what's ahead for learners and educators.

California Wants To Legislate Use of Digital College Textbooks

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.

Islands in the Stream: Academic Technology, Digital Copyright, and The TEACH Act

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.

New Gale Interface Revamp Intended To Draw Readers to References

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.

Some Undergrads Skipping Textbook Buying

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.

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