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Why digital natives prefer reading in print. Yes, you read that right.

Why digital natives prefer reading in print. Yes, you read that right. | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Textbook makers, bookstore owners and college student surveys all find a preference for old-fashioned print.
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92 Percent of College Students Prefer Reading Print Books to E-readers

92 Percent of College Students Prefer Reading Print Books to E-readers | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
92 percent of students in the U.S., Japan, Germany, and Slovakia believe they concentrate better on text in print than on screen.
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E-book piracy? Tsk, students | ZDNet

E-book piracy? Tsk, students | ZDNet | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Why is e-book piracy so prevalent in the student world? I'm sure we could all think of a few reasons.
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E-Textbooks Open Up Opportunities For Special Education Students

E-Textbooks Open Up Opportunities For Special Education Students | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Students with special needs can benefit greatly from digital textbooks, from helping the visually impaired to reducing the physical burden of paper books.
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Ohio High School Buys 1,200 Nooks to Replace Textbooks

"The shift to digital is still very much in the experimentation phase but is rapidly gaining momentum. Device manufacturers and textbook companies are in an “all-out war” to capture the emerging education market,"

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Innovations in Education - Thinking Beyond eTextbooks

Innovations in Education - Thinking Beyond eTextbooks | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Blogger Nancy White responds to calls for e-textbooks by pointing out that we need to prepare students to employ a new set skills and to redefine literacy.

"Teachers who rely solely on a textbook to deliver content in this century are not preparing students to deal with the realities of information abundance (overload!) – and the skills needed to deal with that – how to efficiently and effectively locate, evaluate, and synthesize information. This also includes new literacy skills needed to effectively navigate, read, comprehend, and decode online content."

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Long Live Paper

Long Live Paper | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
While e-readers and multimedia may seem appealing, the idea of replacing an effective learning platform — the paper textbook — with a widely hyped but still unproven one is extremely dangerous.
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Apple Will Now Let Any Teacher Publish Content to iTunes U

Apple Will Now Let Any Teacher Publish Content to iTunes U | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Apple is upping its bid for its hot-selling iPad to be a teaching device.
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Are digital textbooks worth it? | eSchool News | eSchool News

Are digital textbooks worth it? | eSchool News | eSchool News | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
It has been nearly three years since the FCC and Education Secretary Arne Duncan rolled out the Digital Textbook Playbook and challenged schools to go digital within five years. It’s safe to say schools are not there yet. While going digital looks certain, arrival in two years looks doubtful.
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New York High School Goes Entirely Digital

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This year, New York's Archbishop Stepinac High School saw its entire textbook collection transition to a digital library.
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E. It’s Complicated. How Two Schools are Riding the Transition to Ebooks - The Digital Shift

E. It’s Complicated. How Two Schools are Riding the Transition to Ebooks - The Digital Shift | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

I'm often asked how the rise of eBook publishing is impacting the way students use libraries--this article helps to answer that question. It takes a close, detailed look at two high schools and their experiences with eBooks, including textbooks, and the devices and platforms they've used to deliver them to students.

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The Open Textbook Challenge - Online Colleges

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I'd like to think that this is where we are heading, but I'm sure the big textbook publishers have other plans.  Fight The Man, write a textbook!

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CourseSmart announces analytics program to measure student engagement | Inside Higher Ed

CourseSmart announces analytics program to measure student engagement | Inside Higher Ed | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

More on CourseSmart Analytics, the digital textbook technology that purports to monitor "students' engagement with their e-textbooks."

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Judge Says Fair Use Protects Universities in Book-Scanning Project | Threat Level | Wired.com

Judge Says Fair Use Protects Universities in Book-Scanning Project | Threat Level | Wired.com | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A federal judge on Wednesday said universities had a fair-use defense to charges of copyright infringement when they systematically pooled millions of books they had digitized without permission from rights holders.
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Why College Students Still Prefer Print Over E-Books

Why College Students Still Prefer Print Over E-Books | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

By Katrina Schwartz 

College students studied in a program piloting the use of digital textbooks reported many problems and inadequacies with the digital versions of texts.

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