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.
A bill introduced in the United States Senate this month would encourage colleges and universities to try out open educational resources (OER) by funding pilot programs. One of the sponsors of Senate Bill 2176 was Al Franken, senator from the state of Minnesota, where the University of Minnesota's Center for Open Education recently announced that its Open Textbook Network has saved students an estimated $1.5 million in textbook costs.
The University of Missouri System is partnering with Pearson on a digital delivery program aimed at giving students easier access to course content and better preparing them for the first day of class.
Penn State researchers have been piloting a technology that allows faculty (and students) to build e-textbooks algorithmically using keywords to gather together materials from open resources.
Arizona State University has signed a three-year agreement with ProQuest SIPX, which will supply a self-service, cloud-based interface that allows instructors to set up course readings using all available library and open source materials.
Cal State San Bernardino's library will be the first academic library to pilot a streaming content service that lets students stream or download movies, music and audiobooks using their student IDs.
Through a new app called MyPath, students at Brandman University can earn a bachelor's degree at their own pace without purchasing a single textbook.
Under the four-year agreement, students will receive one free digital textbook for each class during the new academic year. Undergraduates typically take 12 classes, so they'll receive 12 books over their three-year program of study.
WebAssign has partnered with the Mathematical Association of America to release online materials for four of the organizations titles.
Course materials management company Rafter today announced new agreements with several colleges and universities to deploy Rafter360, technology that provides both print and digital textbooks through a flat-rate model.
Nearly three quarters — 72 percent — of college students prefer traditional textbooks to electronic versions, according to a new survey from Direct Textbook.