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Amazon Rolls Out Kindle MatchBook: Buy a Paper Book, Get the Kindle Version Cheap or Free | TIME.com

Amazon Rolls Out Kindle MatchBook: Buy a Paper Book, Get the Kindle Version Cheap or Free | TIME.com | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
Buy a paper book from Amazon, and you can have the Kindle version for $3, $2, $1 or free, depending on the title.
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This has apparently been “one of the most requested features from customers,” according to Amazon. The comments from users are very positive and will undoubtedly get more traditional print readers using e-books.

 
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Ebooks or Paper Books: Your Best Arguments

Ebooks or Paper Books: Your Best Arguments | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
With the advance of phones, tablets, and ereaders, ebooks have become a popular reading standard. Still, there's something about the feel of an old-fashioned paper book. We asked you which one is better and why, and here are some of the best arguments we heard.
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Great reasons why ebooks and print work better in different situations.

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E-Textbook Dissatisfaction Grows as Students Progress Through School - Campus Technology

E-Textbook Dissatisfaction Grows as Students Progress Through School - Campus Technology | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
E-Textbook Dissatisfaction Grows as Students Progress Through School Campus Technology These statistics come out of a survey sponsored by textbook price comparison site CampusBooks and run by marketing research firm Campbell Rinker.
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University of Maryland's Move to Open Source Textbooks

Textbook affordability has been a major concern for the University of Maryland Student Government Association for as long as they can remember. In the fall o...
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Eloquent students at the University of Maryland highlighting a multitude of reasons why students need open-source textbooks. Look out publishers!

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Amazon Tests ‘Kindle Unlimited,’ A Netflix For Ebooks And Audiobooks | TechCrunch

Amazon Tests ‘Kindle Unlimited,’ A Netflix For Ebooks And Audiobooks | TechCrunch | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
Amazon might give readers something to get really excited about: A digital ebook and audiobook subscription service that provides Kindle users with all the..
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Author notes that the monthly subscription includes access to over 600k titles and 8k audiobooks (but the author notes - nothing in the test pages from the big publishing houses). This will be interesting to watch how the service is received by Amazon's customers.
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Promoting Reading With eBooks & OverDrive | StAC e-Learning ...

Promoting Reading With eBooks & OverDrive | StAC e-Learning ... | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
... College libraries. Having personally used various eBook readers, from Kindles to iPads, I was keen to learn more about the journey to arrive at the… ... Promoting eBook Usage at St Andrew's College: An eBook promotion ...
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Great summary of the thoughtful role out and promotion by the University Librarian!
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The e-textbook transformation

The e-textbook transformation | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
A new wave of e-textbooks is giving students more than just words and a few hotlinks on a digital page. Publishers over the last few years have been adding video, interactive maps and gamified quizzes
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Here’s What the Future of Reading Looks Like

Here’s What the Future of Reading Looks Like | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
E-readers are dead. So are bookstores. What's left? 
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The author suggests that e-readers will be obsolete as readers are almost exclusively reading digitally on their phones.

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The e-book phenomenon: a disruptive technology

The e-book phenomenon: a disruptive technology | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
The e-book and its associated technology have emerged as a disruptive technology over the past ten years. The aim of this paper is to discuss some of the consequences of this development, based on the work of the e-books in Sweden research project.
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Trends on Tuesday: e-Reading on the Rise | DigitalGov

Trends on Tuesday: e-Reading on the Rise | DigitalGov | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
What's black and white and read all over? An e-reader. While it may be premature to revise classic riddles, a recent study by the Pew Research Center indicates that e-books are gaining popularity among American readers.
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Wake Forest awarded $250,000 for e-textbook development | Inside WFU | Wake Forest University

Wake Forest awarded $250,000 for e-textbook development | Inside WFU | Wake Forest University | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
Arthur Vining Davis Foundations grant will support development of low-cost alternative e-textbook #WFU http://t.co/Gpv0KPdph7
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The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations have awarded Wake Forest University $250,000 for further development of Biobook, a new kind of e-textbook created by Teaching Associate Professor of Biology Dan Johnson and Associate Professor of Physics Jed Macosko.

Biobook offers content in an unconventional way. Unlike the traditional heavy and expensive textbooks of old, the $30 Biobook is accessible by smart-phone, tablet or computer. It breaks down complex and lengthy topics into small, manageable chunks of knowledge that can be changed and updated as educators see fit.

Additionally , the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations’ grant will help Johnson and his collaborators establish partnerships with six additional undergraduate universities interested in adopting an open-access, low-cost alternative textbook for biology.

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Ingram Buys CourseSmart, As Two Largest eTextbook Players Unite

Ingram Buys CourseSmart, As Two Largest eTextbook Players Unite | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
Ingram Buys CourseSmart, As Two Largest eTextbook Players Unite, Point The ...
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Ingram’s Vital Source eTextbook platform has over four million faculty and student users and offers content from over 500 academic publishers, while CourseSmart has 1.5 million faculty users and boasts that it offers more than 90 percent of the textbook titles in higher education at 60 percent the cost of print. Combined, the two companies will become the largest provider of eTextbooks in higher education.

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Textbooks replaced by iTunes U downloads

Textbooks replaced by iTunes U downloads | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
Online courses can be downloaded and shared between schools.
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E-Reading Rises as Device Ownership Jumps

E-Reading Rises as Device Ownership Jumps | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
The proportion of Americans who read e-books is growing, but few have completely replaced print books for electronic versions.
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The January 2014 survey, conducted just after the 2013 holiday gift-giving season, produced evidence that e-book reading devices are spreading through the population. Some 42% of adults now own tablet computers, up from 34% in September. And the number of adults who own an e-book reading device like a Kindle or Nook reader jumped from 24% in September to 32% after the holidays.

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Can textbook costs be controlled? - The Boston Globe

Can textbook costs be controlled? - The Boston Globe | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
Open textbooks are one fantastic solution to the problem of rising college costs.
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Great opinion piece in the Boston Globe. "Luckily, there’s a fantastic solution to the  problem of the high cost of textbooks: open textbooks. These peer-reviewed e-books are just as good as traditional textbooks, but they’ve got one big difference — instead of coming with a triple-digit price tag, they’re free." 

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Bringing Tech Culture to the Staid College Quad

Bringing Tech Culture to the Staid College Quad | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
Digital ways to lower the cost of textbooks and learn about other cost-saving options.
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The e-textbook transformation

The e-textbook transformation | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
A new wave of e-textbooks is giving students more than just words and a few hotlinks on a digital page.
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7 surprises about libraries in our surveys

7 surprises about libraries in our surveys | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
As librarians around the country gather in Las Vegas for the American Library Association’s annual conference, here are findings that stand out from our research (RT @pewinternet: Just 4% of Americans are “e-book only” readers; but e-reading...
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Some insightful statistics on e-book usage at public libraries.
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Students Fail to Embrace Digital Textbooks - Good e-Reader

Students Fail to Embrace Digital Textbooks - Good e-Reader | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
Contrary to what most would expect, the younger and supposedly tech-savvy students are not all that into e-textbooks. The survey ... Pingback: Top 5 Publishing Articles/Blog Posts of the Week 7/7-7/11 - Publishing Trends.
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Apple could fork over $400M to settle e-books price-fixing suit - CNET

Apple could fork over $400M to settle e-books price-fixing suit - CNET | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
The settlement hinges on the success or failure of the company's appeal of a ruling that found it conspired with publishers to fix prices.
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College Libraries Push Back as Publishers Raise Some E-Book Prices

College Libraries Push Back as Publishers Raise Some E-Book Prices | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
Big increases leave librarians at liberal-arts institutions feeling ambushed.
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What Enhanced E-Books Can Do for Scholarly Authors

What Enhanced E-Books Can Do for Scholarly Authors | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
New tools can help disseminate work in art history, archaeology, and many other fields that have presented high hurdles for print publishing.
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Reading is different online than off, experts say

Reading is different online than off, experts say | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
Our brains, neuroscientists warn, are developing new circuits with a big impact on non-digital reading
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“It’s like your eyes are passing over the words but you’re not taking in what they say,” she confessed. “When I realize what’s happening, I have to go back and read again and again.” To cognitive neuroscientists, Handscombe’s experience is the subject of great fascination and growing alarm. Humans, they warn, seem to be developing digital brains with new circuits for skimming through the torrent of information online. This alternative way of reading is competing with traditional deep reading circuitry developed over several millennia.

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College textbook startup heads to 'Shark Tank'

College textbook startup heads to 'Shark Tank' | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
Have you ever purchased an expensive textbook for a class and used it only once or twice — if at all? College students are all too familiar with the feeling of diminishing returns on their textbook investments
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Chicago-based start-up Packback disrupts the traditional textbook use model for students and publishers.Through their website, users can rent digital textbooks for $3-$5 per 24 hours. The pay-per-use method allows users to save hundreds on books they may or may not have opened.

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Beyond ebooks: Survey of university libraries finds diversity developing by institutional type | Inside Higher Ed

Beyond ebooks: Survey of university libraries finds diversity developing by institutional type | Inside Higher Ed | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
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From the article "..Llibrary directors and faculty members remain split on the usefulness of electronic collections of books and journals. Instructors are more likely to prefer ebooks -- more than 50 percent of respondents in Ithaka's 2012 faculty survey said they “play an important role” in research and teaching, while only about one-third of library directors agreed. Meanwhile, two-thirds of library directors said they “would be happy to see hard copy collections [of scholarly journals] discarded and replaced entirely by electronic collections,” compared to 40 percent of faculty members surveyed in 2012."

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Boundless Rewrites the Textbook - Campus Technology

Boundless Rewrites the Textbook - Campus Technology | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
Boundless Rewrites the Textbook Campus Technology Those are covered under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, which lets anybody — including potential competitors — use the contents as they choose, as long as the new creation is...
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The company, which launched in 2010, offers an alternative to traditional textbooks. It creates its textbooks from open content: public domain materials, such as United States government-created works or books that are out of copyright; open educational resources available from sources such as connexions that allow their materials to be used by others without fee, including commercially; and third-party independent Web sites that also use open licenses, such as Wikipedia and the Encyclopedia of Earth. The company uses subject experts to develop a broad outline for the textbook to determine the key topics to be covered and to pull the content together. Then "multiple experts" review "every single individual piece of content" before publication.

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