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Technical & organizational developments relating to eBooks for higher education, and their interaction with learning, scholarship & research
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Advancing Portable Documents for the Open Web Platform: EPUB-WEB

Advancing Portable Documents for the Open Web Platform: EPUB-WEB | eBook developments for Higher Education | Scoop.it
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"A focused effort to make EPUB a first-class citizen of the Open Web Platform and as a result significantly reduce the complexity of deploying EPUB content into browsers, for online as well as offline consumption"

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Using standards to make assessment in e-textbooks scalable, engaging but robust | Wilbert Kraan

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EPUB3 + IMS Learning Tool Interoperability (LTI) and IMS Question and Test Interoperability (QTI) 2.1

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HTML5 is the Future of Book Authorship - Programming - O'Reilly Media

HTML5 is the Future of Book Authorship - Programming - O'Reilly Media | eBook developments for Higher Education | Scoop.it
In the past six years, the rise of the ebook has ushered in three successive revolutions that have roiled and reshaped the traditional publishing industry. Revolution #1 began in...
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HTMLBook

HTMLBook | eBook developments for Higher Education | Scoop.it

"Let’s write books in HTML! HTMLBook is an open, HTML5-based standard for the authoring and production of both print and digital books. HTMLBook is built on the following premises:"

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There is a fork from the OERPUB team called TextBookHTML

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Understanding What Higher Education Needs from E-Textbooks: An EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Pilot | EDUCAUSE.edu

Understanding What Higher Education Needs from E-Textbooks: An EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Pilot | EDUCAUSE.edu | eBook developments for Higher Education | Scoop.it

Twenty-three colleges and universities collaborated with Internet2, EDUCAUSE, the publisher McGraw-Hill, and the e-textbook platform provider Courseload to deliver free digital versions of textbooks to over 5,000 students and faculty in 393 undergraduate and graduate courses with a median class size of 28. The pilot shed light not just on the usability of McGraw-Hill textbooks in Courseload but more broadly on the value of digital materials in higher education at this time.

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Mining the Archive: eBooks | Ariadne: Web Magazine for Information Professionals

Mining the Archive: eBooks | Ariadne: Web Magazine for Information Professionals | eBook developments for Higher Education | Scoop.it

Martin White looks through the Ariadne archive to track the development of ebooks.

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Interesting look at eBook developments as seen in the pages of Ariadne over the last 13 years.

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Stir it up: cookbook of recipes and techniques enabling sohpisticated OER technology for non-technical users

Recording of presentation given by Suzanne Hardy and James Outterside at OER 13 about work done at Newcastle University around OER, eBooks, curriculum maps etc.

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CourseSmart Recognized For E-Textbook Analytics -- InformationWeek

CourseSmart Recognized For E-Textbook Analytics -- InformationWeek | eBook developments for Higher Education | Scoop.it
Learning consortium names CourseSmart Analytics most innovative product for tracking students' use of e-textbooks to ensure they're getting the most out of online materials.

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also "a Korean e-textbook initiative won recognition as an ongoing initiative producing results"

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IMS, LTI, eTextBooks, tracking, analytics. Clear winner for Cetis buzz-word bingo.

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ebooks 2013

ebooks 2013 | eBook developments for Higher Education | Scoop.it

Every year for the past dozen or so years the Department of Information Sciences at UCL have organised a meeting on ebooks.... 

[This year's edition] turned out to be far more interesting than I had hoped, I latched on to three themes of particular interest to me: changing paradigms (what is an ebook?), eTextBooks and discovery.

 

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BookOnPublish

BookOnPublish | eBook developments for Higher Education | Scoop.it

BookOnPublish is your digital solution for cross-platform, multimedia eBooks with photos, embedded videos, animation, sound, reader feedback, and learning management system support.

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Interesting since it supports Tin Can / Xperience API

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Ebooks are actually not books—schools among first to realizing this fact | Digital Book World

Ebooks are actually not books—schools among first to realizing this fact | Digital Book World | eBook developments for Higher Education | Scoop.it
Schools are realizing that ebooks are not books at all—they are software and they should be sold the way software is sold.
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Yes, this is as it should be: "Ebooks are software ... Even ebook content is not the same as book content" This article focuses on publisher distribution but the effects go wider, to production, use and context.

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Good insights into the struggle to find a business model that works for ebook distribution as software and content publishing worlds merge. Unfotunately the users aren't yet benefiting. 

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Beyond digital textbooks - Nesta

A new competition from IC Tomorrow (a Technology Strategy Boardprogramme) and Nesta offers up to £48,000 to develop ideas that make great use of technology to support learning..

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PressBooks Open Source Plugin | PressBooks

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PressBooks is a book Content Management System which exports in multiple formats: ebooks, webbooks, print-ready PDF*, and various XML flavours. PressBooks is built to be used with a fresh install of WordPress Multi-Site

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When does a book become a web platform? | Wilbert Kraan

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Overview of a conference session about extending the capability of eBooks to access the type of content and interactions that normally happens through a VLE.

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Sample ePub 3 books: AZARDI@IGP

Sample ePub 3 books: AZARDI@IGP | eBook developments for Higher Education | Scoop.it
Free fully working sample ePub3 fixed layout books with audio, video and interactivity, plus sample ePub 3, ePub 2 and ePub transitional books: AZARDI@IGP
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Some examples of good practice (but can suffer from reader incompatibilities) 

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Is HTML5 the Future of Book Authorship? - Slashdot

Is HTML5 the Future of Book Authorship? - Slashdot | eBook developments for Higher Education | Scoop.it
occidental writes "Sanders Kleinfeld writes: In the past six years, the rise of the ebook has ushered in three successive revolutions that have roiled and reshaped the traditional publishing industry.
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The Challenge of Ebooks

The Challenge of Ebooks | eBook developments for Higher Education | Scoop.it
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Website that is an output from a project that Jisc ran last year looking at said challenges of ebooks, mostly from an HE library perspective. Not limited to eTextbooks, but obviously relevant to ebooks for education in general.

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Elsevier Publishes Molecular Biology as Enhanced ePub3 Book | Elsevier

Elsevier Publishes Molecular Biology as Enhanced ePub3 Book | Elsevier | eBook developments for Higher Education | Scoop.it

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the publication of the second edition of Molecular Biology, as an enhanced ePub3 book, available from Apple’s iBooks and VitalSource.

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An example of interactive content in an eTextBook. Includes

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32 animations that bring abstract and complex concepts to life within the pages of the book;36 “hot spot” interactive learning widgets where the reader is prompted to select the area of the figure described by a keyword using the touch screen;48 “drag and drop” widgets to test knowledge of elements within a figure by dragging the appropriate label to the segment on the screen that it describes;62 Cell Press journal articles that correspond with chapters in the text.

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Which sounds fine, but in a 900+ page book, that still much more text than activity.

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Blackboard xpLor officially released with OER and CC license options - Creative Commons

Blackboard xpLor officially released with OER and CC license options - Creative Commons | eBook developments for Higher Education | Scoop.it

"...Blackboard xpLor — a new cloud-based learning object repository that was being piloted at 70 institutions. Blackboard officially released it today, giving educators the ability to discover, create, and share resources across learning management systems (LMS). As part of its launch, xpLor has integrated support for CC license options for creators of content as well as the search and discovery of existing OER under CC licenses, such as the Khan Academy’s rich collection of videos and exercises. xpLor currently offers four CC license options for course creators (CC BY, CC BY-SA, CC BY-NC, CC BY-NC-SA) in addition to the CC0 public domain waiver, which allows you to waive all copyrights to your work should you choose to do so."

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daisy-pipeline - A framework for document-related pipelined transformations, for the DAISY Consortium community. - Google Project Hosting

daisy-pipeline - A framework for document-related pipelined transformations, for the DAISY Consortium community. - Google Project Hosting | eBook developments for Higher Education | Scoop.it

The DAISY Pipeline is an open-source, cross-platform framework for document-related pipelined transformation. It supports the migration of digital content to various formats efficiently and economically, facilitating both production and distribution of DAISY Digital Talking Books.

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One that I need to play with..

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Announcing Readium.js, a JavaScript library for browser-based EPUB 3 reading | Readium

"Today Readium.org announced that the Readium Web project is being refactored to deliver a JavaScript library for browser-based EPUB 3 reading. Currently in early alpha, the new Readium,js is a lightweight, compact (20KB compressed) client-side library. When complete, Readium.js will enable easy deployment of any EPUB publication from any web server to all modern browsers (mobile and desktop)."

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The Readium Chrome app is one of the best renderers for EPUB3, its essentially the reference implementation for EPUB3. The ability to display epub files in web browsers would have obvious uses for eTextBooks in online learning systems.

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Digital Publishing and the Web

Digital Publishing and the Web | eBook developments for Higher Education | Scoop.it

"What does [the rise of digital publishing] mean for web professionals? Electronic books represent a market that’s powered by core web technologies such as HTML, CSS, and SVG. When you use EPUB, one of the primary standards for electronic books, you are creating a packaged website or application. EPUB3 is at the bleeding edge of current web standards: it is based on HTML5, CSS2.1 with some CSS3 modules, SVG, OpenType, and WOFF. EPUB3’s embrace of scripting is sure to encourage the development of more interactivity, which is sought after in education materials and children’s books."

Phil Barker's insight:

This certainly talks about some of the right things to be relevant to eBooks in HE and eTextBooks, for example th interactivity mentioned above, also offline modes and metadata. Having all the benefit of knowing my own personal preferences but not having done any market research whatsoever ;) I'm not sure that the love of book-based paradigms such as page headers and footers, title pages reported by publishers really indicates a requirement (it might be useful to distinguish between functional and other requirements). They remind me a bit of the horseless carriage and how features from carriages such as running boards continued long after they had any function.

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16 Companies Working On E-Textbooks Of The Future - Edudemic

16 Companies Working On E-Textbooks Of The Future - Edudemic | eBook developments for Higher Education | Scoop.it
What do the e-textbooks of the future actually look like? Who is making them? These companies are the big names you should keep an eye on.
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Academic e-books: will they ever take off? - Telegraph

Academic e-books: will they ever take off? - Telegraph | eBook developments for Higher Education | Scoop.it
Sussex University student Roberta Wiafe attended a recent debate on the future of academic publishing, and remains unconvinced.
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Arts students, kindles, PDFs...included here as an example of how the idea of a textbook varies across disciplines to the point of not applying to some (but that does't lessen the importance of them in others).

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Abi James's curator insight, May 26, 2013 4:20 AM

Arts student perspective on e-textbooks. Shows how much the digital vs physical book is a personal decision. However, wher any people feel that the 24/7 access to ebooks is a plus, this student isn't experience this.

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Essay predicting that campuses will be completely digital in 3 years | Inside Higher Ed

Essay predicting that campuses will be completely digital in 3 years | Inside Higher Ed | eBook developments for Higher Education | Scoop.it

From Aug 2012: Brian Kibby, president of McGraw-Hill Higher Education, on switch to digital: "As I see it, the publishing industry needs to do all it can to ensure that within 36 months, higher education in the U.S. will be completely digital"

 

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(29 months and counting)

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