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Digital Textbook Codes As Costly As Traditional Course Materials -- Campus Technology

Digital Textbook Codes As Costly As Traditional Course Materials -- Campus Technology | eTexts in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Textbook costs are a sore subject for many college and university students, with increasing textbook prices prompting students to look for less expensive options. Digital textbooks may be seen as a cost-friendly alternative, but the access code model commonly used by publishers can make this option just as pricey for students.
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Books are back: Printed book sales rise for first time in four years as ebooks suffer decline

Books are back: Printed book sales rise for first time in four years as ebooks suffer decline | eTexts in the Classroom | Scoop.it
For years, book-lovers have been lamenting the inevitable demise of the printed book in the face of competition from a digital behemoth.

But reports of the death of the traditional book have been greatly exaggerated, according to the definitive annual survey of the industry.

The Publishers Association study has revealed that sales of print books are rising, while digital sales are down for the first time since the invention of the e-reader.
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Is Reading eBooks Really Worse for Your Brain Than Paperbacks? Experts Sound Off

Is Reading eBooks Really Worse for Your Brain Than Paperbacks? Experts Sound Off | eTexts in the Classroom | Scoop.it
ebooks are the inevitable evolution of reading. We know how we feel about it, but we wanted to know the facts. Here’s what science has to tell us about how reading on a device affects our brain.
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How to Go Textbook Free -- Campus Technology

How to Go Textbook Free -- Campus Technology | eTexts in the Classroom | Scoop.it
The University of Maryland University College is the largest institution in the country to go "commando" on textbooks. As of this academic year undergraduates don't have to lug them around or spend a dime on them — and the benefits don't end there. Here's how UMUC achieved an amazing goal.
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Faculty in No Rush to Adopt Digital or OER Curriculum -- Campus Technology

Faculty in No Rush to Adopt Digital or OER Curriculum -- Campus Technology | eTexts in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Even as the transition to digital course content "seems inevitable" on campus, not everybody is so sure. Nearly a fourth of faculty (24 percent) in a recent survey said that curricula they use in their classes will never be primarily digital. A slightly higher proportion (27 percent) said the digital movement wouldn't happen in their courses until at least fall 2018; and 17 percent reported that it could take until fall 2020.
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Building a Blueprint for Better E-Books -- Campus Technology

Building a Blueprint for Better E-Books -- Campus Technology | eTexts in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Whenever students at Brookdale Community College have free time, they typically engage with their mobile devices, according to Mike Qaissaunee, chair of the Engineering and Technology department at the Lincroft, NJ, institution. That observation led him to wonder if he could create academic content and deliver it directly to students' mobile devices. Not the static content they're used to, but interactive content that would lure them into using their devices for academics.
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What students spend on textbooks and how it affects open textbooks | Tony Bates

What students spend on textbooks and how it affects open textbooks | Tony Bates | eTexts in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Whether you take the actual expenditure of around $600 a year per student or the required spending of $1,220, having open textbooks available not only results in very real savings for students, but also will have a more important psychological effect in encouraging some students and parents to consider post-secondary education who might not do so otherwise. Getting the methodology of costing textbooks right is important if we are to measure the success of open textbooks, but whichever way you look at it, open textbooks are the right way to go.
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Universities Move to Flat-Rate Textbooks -- Campus Technology

Universities Move to Flat-Rate Textbooks -- Campus Technology | eTexts in the Classroom | Scoop.it
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.
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Survey: Most Students Prefer Traditional Texts over E-Books -- Campus Technology

Survey: Most Students Prefer Traditional Texts over E-Books -- Campus Technology | eTexts in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Nearly three quarters — 72 percent — of college students prefer traditional textbooks to electronic versions, according to a new survey from Direct Textbook.

"Textbook purchasing trends align with the survey results," according to a news release. "According to the Student Monitor, 87 percent of textbooks purchased by students in 2014 were print editions (36 percent new, 36 percent used, 15 percent rented). E-books comprised only 9 percent of the market. The remaining 4 percent was made up by file sharing."
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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 | eTexts in the Classroom | 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 content and to compete with multiple retail sources for this content.
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Exploring Students' E-Textbook Practices in Higher Education

Exploring Students' E-Textbook Practices in Higher Education | eTexts in the Classroom | Scoop.it
In American higher education, textbooks remain a popular source of academic material. Over the past decade, increasing web capabilities have ushered in a new era of reading. Digital textbooks ("e-textbooks") resemble a print textbook in that the content focuses on an academic subject divided into topical chapters. While some e-textbooks simply reproduce the print experience, others leverage interactive capabilities such as simulation, polling, discussions, and learning analytics
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New Virtual Bookstore at U Wisconsin-Milwaukee to Save Students 60 Percent on Textbook Costs -- Campus Technology

New Virtual Bookstore at U Wisconsin-Milwaukee to Save Students 60 Percent on Textbook Costs -- Campus Technology | eTexts in the Classroom | Scoop.it
This fall, students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will save some cash by shopping for textbooks online via the new UWM Virtual Bookstore. Through a partnership with eCampus.com, the university hopes to enhance student success by making textbooks and course materials more affordable and convenient to purchase.
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In the 'era of the $400 college textbook,' affordability initiatives take a utilitarian approach | InsideHigherEd

In the 'era of the $400 college textbook,' affordability initiatives take a utilitarian approach | InsideHigherEd | eTexts in the Classroom | Scoop.it
When the University of Michigan at Flint recently took inventory of the textbooks used by students during the winter 2015 semester, it found what American Enterprise Institute scholar Mark J. Perry called a “new milestone” in the textbook affordability debate: a $400 textbook.
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E-reading may compromise student learning | EAB Daily Briefing

E-reading may compromise student learning | EAB Daily Briefing | eTexts in the Classroom | Scoop.it
As e-readers and digital readings gain popularity, research is still catching up on whether computer-based readings compromise learning, one expert writes for The Conversation. 

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Reading on computer screens changes how your brain works, scientists say

Reading on computer screens changes how your brain works, scientists say | eTexts in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Reading on computer screens and smartphones has made people unable to fully understand what they are reading as our brains retreat into focusing on small details rather than meanings, a study claims.

Researchers found that those who filled in forms, read short stories or studied using computer screens tended to grasp the basic facts of what they were reading, but often failed to process the “high-level” or abstract ideas behind the material.
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The Price Is Still Right: 15 Sites for Free Digital Textbooks -- Campus Technology

The Price Is Still Right: 15 Sites for Free Digital Textbooks -- Campus Technology | eTexts in the Classroom | Scoop.it
The demand for free learning content may be loud and clear now, but, back in 2013 when Campus Technology first surveyed the top sources for free digital textbooks, the OER world seemed a quieter, less tweeted place. What hasn't changed, though, is that faculty and students still want to know where to go to find the goods.

The following list offers 15 sources of quality digital content to use in your courses without worrying about the price tag.
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How to Go Textbook Free -- Campus Technology

How to Go Textbook Free -- Campus Technology | eTexts in the Classroom | Scoop.it
The University of Maryland University College is the largest institution in the country to go "commando" on textbooks. As of this academic year undergraduates don't have to lug them around or spend a dime on them — and the benefits don't end there. Here's how UMUC achieved an amazing goal.
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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 | eTexts in the Classroom | 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 linguistics professor Naomi S. Baron, author of the book "Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World." Baron led a team that asked 300 college students in the United States, Slovakia, Japan and Germany how they preferred to read.
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Younger Readers Prefer Printed Books – BookBaby blog

Younger Readers Prefer Printed Books – BookBaby blog | eTexts in the Classroom | Scoop.it
First, millennials do read books. It’s a fallacy that they’re too distracted by video games and the Internet and other online activities to read books. In fact, a 2014 study by the Pew Research Center finds that US readers under 30 are more likely to have read a book – print or electronic – in the last week than Americans over 30.

And when they do read books, millennials are overwhelmingly choosing print over electronic.
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Up next for textbooks? The bionic book - eCampus News

Up next for textbooks? The bionic book - eCampus News | eTexts in the Classroom | Scoop.it
A new technology developed at Penn State works with faculty to automatically build complete textbooks from open resources on the web. The texts are organized according to topics and keywords provided by a user.
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Survey: Most Students Prefer Traditional Texts over E-Books -- Campus Technology

Survey: Most Students Prefer Traditional Texts over E-Books -- Campus Technology | eTexts in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Nearly three quarters — 72 percent — of college students prefer traditional textbooks to electronic versions, according to a new survey from Direct Textbook.
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UMUC Replaces Textbooks with Embedded Digital Resources | UMUC

UMUC Replaces Textbooks with Embedded Digital Resources | UMUC | eTexts in the Classroom | Scoop.it
For the first time, a major American university has replaced 100 percent of its undergraduate textbooks with no-cost digital resources.

As of this fall, UMUC has moved away from publisher textbooks to no-cost digital resources embedded in courses, saving each UMUC undergraduate student hundreds of dollars a session—potentially thousands over the course of the degree.
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Introducing The iBook: Interactive Book - eLearning Industry

Introducing The iBook: Interactive Book - eLearning Industry | eTexts in the Classroom | Scoop.it
How about an interactive book (yes, the paper one, without the “e”)? We all heard of the eBook and online interactivity, but not about an interactive paper book. Well, maybe it is time to rethink books as we know them.
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Are students held captive by rising textbook prices? How to cut the cost.

Are students held captive by rising textbook prices? How to cut the cost. | eTexts in the Classroom | Scoop.it
According to a review of the Bureau of Labor Statistics data by NBC, textbook prices have risen by 1,041 percent since 1977.
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17 Ways To Use iBooks Author Right Now

17 Ways To Use iBooks Author Right Now | eTexts in the Classroom | Scoop.it
iBooks Author is Apple's digital content creation software.

What does that mean, you say? It means you make ebooks with it.

These digital books, though, are different. They're interactive. You touch pictures, and they tell you little stories within the story. You touch words, and something pops up to tell you what you didn't know.

These digital books are different in another way: they have lots of multimedia. Audio and video abound.
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