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.


Carnegie Mellon and Lumen Learning Partner on Evaluating Learning Materials

Carnegie Mellon University's Simon Initiative, a cross-disciplinary effort to develop a "learning engineering ecosystem" for improving student outcomes, is teaming up with open courseware provider Lumen Learning to "share tools for developing, evaluating and continuously improving evidence-based learning materials."

New McGraw-Hill Offering Helps Faculty Create Customized Digital Courseware

McGraw-Hill has introduced Open Learning Solutions, a new offering that provides tools and support for developing customized digital course materials.

Arizona State Working with Community Colleges in Interactive OER Pilot

Arizona State University's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College is working with three of the largest community college systems in the country to adopt the use of interactive open educational resources. The Consortium for Open Active Pathways, as it's called, will use technology to increase the availability of college-level educational materials, particularly in healthcare studies.

Survey: Most Students Shop on Amazon to Save Money on Textbooks

According to a recent survey, Amazon is the primary purchase channel for college students to buy their textbooks, beating out other websites as well as the brick-and-mortar college bookstore.

Best Sources for Free Digital Textbooks and More

To help your students reduce the cost of their education, begin with open educational resources. Many of these textbooks won't cost them anything.

16 Open Learning Resources that Go Beyond the Textbook

The concept of "open learning" encompasses far more than what's found in a textbook. These sources provide other kinds of resources that will boost your students' learning.

Cengage Adds Career Resources to Subscription Service

Cengage is adding a free Career Center for subscribers of Cengage Unlimited, the company's course materials subscription service.

FlatWorld Adds New Features to Homework Platform

Course materials provider FlatWorld is updating its homework platform with new capabilities. Included free with most of the company’s textbooks, FlatWorld Homework combines student assignments with instructor grading tools in a mobile-friendly interface.

Knewton Launches Multi-Course Subscription

Knewton has updated its subscription options to allow students to access multiple courses. Priced at $79.99, the new Altapass gives students unlimited use of multiple Alta products across a single subject area for up to two years.

FlatWorld Intros Customizable Subscription Service

Learning materials publisher FlatWorld is now offering Flatworld Institutional, a textbook subscription service that allows universities and departments to tailor the textbook selection to students' specific needs.