A very useful introduction / handbook for effective use of eBooks in education.
Includes sections on:
Formats, Readers, Developments in e-reader technology, options for creation, delivery, and use of eBooks, eBook authoring tools, eBook delivery, compatibility, Digital Rights Management and accessibility
"...Amazon is also launching its Kindle Owners’ Lending Library in Europe which entitles subscribers to its Prime service to borrow a book a month for free. Many of the books in the library use Kindle Direct Publishing, which allows authors to avoid traditional publishers for e-books.Tech Crunch explains how the library will operate...
"OverDrive is a leading full-service digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, and other digital content. We deliver secure management, DRM protection, and download fulfillment services for publishers, libraries, schools, and retailers--serving millions of end users globally."
UK Culture Minister Ed Vaizey recently announced that the UK Government will consider extending the Public Lending Right (PLR) programme to include e-books. Under the PLR legislation, authors of the e-books would have the right to receive payment for the loans of their books by public libraries.
...This is a good example of collaborative work in the digital age. What drove this to success was not just the app’s design but mostly the planning the teachers did before embarking on the project. The teachers knew what they wanted to see as an end product having had some experience with Creative Book Builder products from earlier this spring...
Boundless has launched the public beta version of its brand new site.
- iPad-friendly and works on laptops;
- a way to turn open source information into a simple easy-to-use digital textbook;
- is free;
- generates digital resources for users based on the textbook practitioners and/or learners would normally use in their course(s).
Users can still use the printed textbook and use Boundless as a free digital supplement.
The new Boundless UI has an instant search feature built into it and the digital textbooks have no expiration date. They’re not rentals or anything that would cost you money since it’s all open source.
As UK consumers continue to await news on the release date of the Amazon Kindle Fire, developers in the US have managed to install a version of Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, on the Amazon tablet.