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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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Student-Made E-Books: A Beautiful Way to Demonstrate Learning

Student-Made E-Books: A Beautiful Way to Demonstrate Learning | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
Need a fresh idea for the end of a unit? Instead of writing a paper or doing presentations, have students create PDF e-books they can enjoy and share for years.
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Supreme Court Denies Apple's Appeal On E-Books, Triggering Millions In Payments

Supreme Court Denies Apple's Appeal On E-Books, Triggering Millions In Payments | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
Apple must now pay $400 million to e-book purchasers. The case's roots date back at least six years, when Apple sold its first iPad models and sought to compete with books giant Amazon.
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Declining E-book Sales Hit Home

Declining E-book Sales Hit Home | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
Softening sales for digital books have impacted the bottom lines at HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, according to both companies' recent earnings reports.
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Textbook prices have risen more than 1000 percent since 1977 - WSPA.com

Textbook prices have risen more than 1000 percent since 1977 - WSPA.com | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
Textbook prices have risen 9% this year, it’s part of a decades-long trend in which textbook prices have risen more than 1,000% since 1977.
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The statistics on the inflated costs of textbooks is incredible. How is this sustainable for students?

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E-Texts and the Future of the College Bookstore -- Campus Technology

E-Texts and the Future of the College Bookstore -- Campus Technology | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
With digital content available in multiple formats for nearly all instructional materials, college and university bookstores are facing multiple challenges to provide the content desired by students and faculty, to reduce the cost of instructional...
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Educational Publishers Sue Textbook Reseller

Educational Publishers Sue Textbook Reseller | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
Three major education publishers this week filed a copyright and trademark infringement suit against a U.S.-based textbook reseller for allegedly importing and selling pirated foreign editions of popular textbooks.
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Amazon Textbook Creator Now Supports Enhanced Media

Amazon Textbook Creator Now Supports Enhanced Media | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
Amazon has enhanced their Texbook Creator app with the ability to embed audio and video. Publishers will be able to include image pop-ups and have their final
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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 | e-Books and e-Textbooks | 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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What's Next for E-Textbooks? - Campus Technology

What's Next for E-Textbooks? - Campus Technology | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
Technology is moving the digital textbook from print look-alike to next-generation learning platform.
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The company's latest digital offering, REVEL, mixes text, interactive exercises, infographics, social features and video segments for students, who can use it on their mobile devices. And it gives faculty the means to track the time students spend on each reading assignment as well as their performance on assessments. The first release, which saw immediate adoption at 50 institutions this fall, addresses three general education courses: Introduction to Psychology; Introduction to Sociology; and Public Speaking and Communications. These are areas where neither Pearson nor its competitors were solving the main problems, according to Paul Corey, Pearson Higher Education's managing director: "What we've heard over and over again from students is, 'Have everything in one place. Don't make me go to three different products to get my whole out-of-class experience. And address the affordability issue.'"

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What I Want from Library Ebooks | Peer to Peer Review - Library Journal

What I Want from Library Ebooks | Peer to Peer Review - Library Journal | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
In my last column I discussed the various problems that I have with ebooks for academic libraries.
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Emphasis in this list is on price but the author also suggests inter-library loan for e-books.

 

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EPISD switches to e-books for high school science

EPISD switches to e-books for high school science | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
El Paso Independent School District will take the first step in eliminating paper textbooks when high school science classes switch to digital textbooks today.
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"EPISD teachers developed three digital textbooks this summer, for high school biology, chemistryand physics.

Much like paper textbooks, the FlexBooks include photos, diagrams, vocabulary words and review questions. They also feature videos and links to online resources. The CK-12 website also features flashcards, real-world applications and interactive simulations that explain science and math concepts.

CK-12's FlexBooks are open-source, so schools across the country can use everything EPISD creates."

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When you buy digital content on Amazon or iTunes, you don't exactly own it

When you buy digital content on Amazon or iTunes, you don't exactly own it | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
When you "buy" an e-book or digital music, do you actually own it? Not like you may think.
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92% of college students prefer print books to e-books, study finds

92% of college students prefer print books to e-books, study finds | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
If you imagine millennials are just young people entranced by their cellphones or tablet computers, you might want to think again. According to a new study, 92% of college students would rather do their reading the old-fashioned way, with pages and not pixels.
The finding comes from American University...
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From a student in the article: "I believe that the possibility and likelihood of distraction is too high when it comes to online learning tools like textbooks." Perhaps more interesting than this was his cry that students receive purposeful education and integration using the e-books in their course work.

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Public Universities Back Protest of Elsevier Pricing | Inside Higher Ed

Public Universities Back Protest of Elsevier Pricing | Inside Higher Ed | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
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School and Library Spotlight: How Schools Buy and Use E-Books - Publishers Weekly

School and Library Spotlight: How Schools Buy and Use E-Books - Publishers Weekly | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
A snapshot of today’s educational e-book market, and where influencers think it is heading.
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Digital Textbook Provides Real-Time Analytics That Show How Much Students Read

Digital Textbook Provides Real-Time Analytics That Show How Much Students Read | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it

Using real-time analytics from e-books, researchers found that students who read the material for a class were more likely to do well in the class than those who didn't.

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It can be hard for teachers to properly assess how well a student is doing outside of giving tests and quizzes. Some students are shy and don’t want to ask for help, while others just can’t be bothered to do any assignments at all. Meanwhile, reading assignments are inherently tough to assess because a teacher doesn’t actually know whether a student has done the reading. But when e-books are used, teachers can be provided with real-time analytics that tells them exactly how well a student is doing in their class.

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Did technology kill the book or give it new life? - BBC News

Did technology kill the book or give it new life? - BBC News | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
Technology has had a very disruptive effect on the book publishing and retailing industries, but has it also given the book a new lease of life?
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The Rise of Open Curriculum — Bright

The Rise of Open Curriculum - Bright - Medium
Free, adaptable curriculum is quickly displacing traditional textbook publishers in our schools — and that’s a welcome c…
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We Could Save Students a Billion Dollars on Textbooks - Huffington Post

We Could Save Students a Billion Dollars on Textbooks - Huffington Post | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
We need faculty to make the switch and drop their traditional textbook for an open textbook. It's not hard, but it's not easy, and institutions can make a huge impact by providing training and resources for interested faculty to make the switch....
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From the article: "The Student PIRGs recently released a report on an alternative textbook model that could revolutionize the industry and save students a ton of money at the same time.

The model is open textbooks -- faculty-written, peer-reviewed textbooks that are published under an open license - meaning that they are available to the public free online, free to download, and hard copies cost on $10-$40.

The report, "Open Textbooks: The Billion-Dollar Solution," analyzes data from five pilot programs at universities around the country that encourage faculty to replace the traditional textbook they use to teach with an open-licensed textbook."

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Free, online lessons replacing textbooks - Santa Cruz Sentinel

Free, online lessons replacing textbooks - Santa Cruz Sentinel | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
Textbooks, those long-entrenched staples of classrooms, could soon be pushed from their place of prominence by a high-tech alternative: online lessons that can be downloaded, customized and updated — all at will, and all for free.
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Free online textbooks from top private school - BBC News

Free online textbooks from top private school - BBC News | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
A leading private school offers revision help by publishing free online textbooks to cover an entire exam course.
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Are E-Textbooks the Publishing World's Future? - EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education

Are E-Textbooks the Publishing World's Future? - EdTech Magazine: Focus on Higher Education | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
The move to digital textbooks offer students many advantages, but it also comes with new challenges — like piracy.
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Disrupting The Textbook Monopoly?

Disrupting The Textbook Monopoly? | e-Books and e-Textbooks | Scoop.it
Textbook prices are high and rising, yet one obvious alternative to paying for paper — the e-textbook — just hasn't caught on, even with a new, digital-savvy generation of students.
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