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Apple Introduces iBooks 2, iBooks Author, iTunes U App In Push To Transform Textbooks, Education

Apple Introduces iBooks 2, iBooks Author, iTunes U App In Push To Transform Textbooks, Education | OER Resources: open ebooks & OER resources for open educations & research | Scoop.it

Apple's latest initiative is characteristically ambitious: the reinvention of the textbook.
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Textbooks on the iPad, Apple hopes, will replace the physical textbook, which Schiller labeled as too heavy, expensive, not portable, not durable, and not interactive. Though modern textbooks have "great content," according to Schiller, they are "clearly not the ideal learning tool anymore."

With that, Schiller introduced iBooks 2 and all of its new enhancements for studying. The free application comes with the ability to highlight important passages, view 3D models, videos and images, make flashcards, look up words in the dictionary within the application, search through the book and more. The application is free to download in the iTunes store:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ibooks/id364709193?mt=8

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With iBooks 2, Apple announced that its first textbooks would be available immediately for $15. The high school texts will initially come from publishing partners Pearson, McGraw-Hill and Houghton Mifflin, representatives of which were all in attendance at the event.

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Apple also introduced iBooks Author, a content creation platform for authors of both textbooks and other works. At the event, Apple focused on textbook authoring, displaying a What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get application for Mac computers, one that enables writers and publishers to create content-rich books in an application similar to the company's Notes and iWork apps. That app is also free and will be available in the iTunes store.

In addition to the textbook-centric apps, Apple also outed an iPhone and iPad app for iTunes U, which will allow teachers to create syllabi, share videos of their lectures, and publish class notes for their students.

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Apple's new iBooks Author targets e-book creators

Apple's new iBooks Author targets e-book creators | OER Resources: open ebooks & OER resources for open educations & research | Scoop.it

The Mac OS X-based application is available for free, and aims at making it easy to create an e-book for the company's iBooks store. Read this blog post by Don Reisinger on The Digital Home.
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Dubbed iBooks Author, the free Mac OS X application lets authors create textbooks and other books with simple drag-and-drop mechanisms. According to Apple, the application gives authors basic templates to quickly create titles that offer both text and interactive elements such as videos and images. To add multimedia content, iBooks Author lets users drag and drop content onto pages.
In deference to those who want to create more unique titles, Apple says folks who can code in JavaScript and HTML will be able to create custom widgets to enhance the interactivity of the books or textbooks. It also comes with a glossary function, promising to make that arduous task far simpler.
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Of course, the most important element in any e-book is the text. So, to facilitate its transfer, Apple will let users drag and drop their chapters from a Word file into the application. From there, the application automatically creates sections and headers.
Once the e-book is ready, authors need to connect an iPad to their computers to proof and debug the title. Once complete, they can submit it to Apple's iBooks store.
The other key product unveiled today was iBooks 2, a free app that provides access to digital textbooks at Apple's App Store.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-57361833-17/apple-launches-ibooks-2-digital-textbooks/

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http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Apple+rolls+digital+textbook+service/6019379/story.html
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http://www.padgadget.com/2012/01/19/apple-reinvents-textbooks-with-ibooks-2-for-ipad-new-itunes-u/

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AppleInsider | Apple's 'Bliss' e-textbook project inspired by Al Gore's 'Our Choice'

AppleInsider | Apple's 'Bliss' e-textbook project inspired by Al Gore's 'Our Choice' | OER Resources: open ebooks & OER resources for open educations & research | Scoop.it

One of the primary sources of inspiration for the project was said to be an e-book released by former U.S. vice president and Apple board member Al Gore. Last year, he and Push Pop Press released "Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis" on the iOS App Store, and the interactive title was met with a great deal of praise.
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Push Pop Press, founded by former Apple engineers Mike Matas and Kimon Tsinteris, abandoned its initial plans to shake up the e-books market with interactive iOS applications, such as their collaboration with Gore, after the company was acquired by Facebook last summer.

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/08/02/push_pop_press_drops_ipad_ebooks_after_being_acquired_by_facebook.html

Unlike Apple's own iBooks app, Push Pop Press had planned to develop interactive e-book content using the native Cocoa Touch development tools for iOS. iBooks uses the open EPUB format, making Apple's existing e-books more akin to self-contained Web apps.

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While Apple could adopt the "native app" strategy used by Push Pop Press, it's more likely it will continue to use Web technologies for ebooks, potentially expanding the feature set of its existing EPUB support, or developing a new HTML5-based format similar to Amazon's proprietary KF8.

Apple has already developed its own internal tools for creating interactive, Web-based content for the iPhone and iPad, which it then adapted to deploy iTunes Extras and iTunes LP bonus content on movies and albums in 2009, first within iTunes and then on Apple TV.

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The company has since released iAd Producer to allow third party developers to build similarly dynamic web based content for use in the company's mobile advertising network. Apple's iTunes, iBooks and iAd initiatives are all managed under the direction of Cue, the company's head of Internet Software and Services.

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/12/01/17/apple_iwork_vp_roger_rosner_involved_in_new_ibooks_textbook_effort.html

 

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eBooks Can Now Be Read on Any Computer or Tablet

eBooks Can Now Be Read on Any Computer or Tablet | OER Resources: open ebooks & OER resources for open educations & research | Scoop.it
Free Kindle and Nook apps are now available for PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone and Android devices. Kindle also has a free app for the BlackBerry, as well as a Cloud Reader that makes it possible to read a Kindle eBook in any browser on any computer, tablet or smart phone. Until this week, one had to go to separate Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites to find all those free eBook reading apps. Now one website provides links to all those free apps in one place. LifeWithSiri.com has been completely redesigned and was relaunched today with links to all the free eBook reading apps on its home page. The new LifeWithSiri.com website also provides comprehensive information about how to use Siri, the voice-recognizing "personal assistant" on the iPhone 4S. Its home page has been redesigned to include links to 9 eBooks about Siri, more than 40 articles and 20 videos about Siri and a sample preview of the largest of its 3 "Life With Siri" eBooks. While nearly all other eBooks are mainly text-based, "Life With Siri" primarily uses iPhone screenshots to demonstrate how to most effectively utilize Siri. In its new 2nd Edition, there are more than 100 screenshots. Author Jodi Dery states, "I believe that presenting Siri's responses in this illustrative manner -- with maximum use of screenshots and no more text than necessary -- will help people remember the best way to talk to Siri and get the results they want."
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Create Your Own Web Magazine or Illustrated eBook with Joomag

Create Your Own Web Magazine or Illustrated eBook with Joomag | OER Resources: open ebooks & OER resources for open educations & research | Scoop.it

Joomag is a FREE service for creating digital interactive content, including digital magazines, photo albums, catalogs and e-books.

 

Joomag provides an online editor to created, edit, assemble and publish your own digital publication from zero.

 

The finished product is a slick digital publication with flipping pages and the ability to integrate any kind of media (text, images, video, audio). 

 

How it works: 

 

Step 1. If you already have a PDF file, use the converter to transform it to a digital magazine. Otherwise, skip to step 2.

 

Step 2. Use the online editing tools to create or add whatever you want: draw shapes, write texts, insert videos and animations, hyperlinks and much more.

 

Step 3. Publish your digital publication as a magazine, photo album, catalog or e-book and start distributing it via Joomag, or put it on your own website.

 

Publications created with Joomag can be distributed freely or sold for a price online.

 

A premium feature allows also for the output of digital magazines that are compatible with the iPad.

 

See some samples of digital magazines created with Joomag: http://www.joomag.com/en/magazines 

 

A free version is available.

 

See all of the alternative pricing plans: http://www.joomag.com/en/service_plans 

 

Find out more: http://www.joomag.com/ 


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How to Survive in the Age of Amazon by Janaka Stucky

How to Survive in the Age of Amazon by Janaka Stucky | OER Resources: open ebooks & OER resources for open educations & research | Scoop.it

(Illustration: Jason Novak)

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If indie bookstores can’t beat the online giant’s prices, what can they do?
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If you’re reading this, you’re probably at least tangentially aware of what happens among readers, writers, publishers, and booksellers when someone says the word “Amazon.” People get emotional. Of course, Amazon’s Kindle has revolutionized the booming e-book market over the past few years, and you can obsessively check your sales against that crappy no-good Billy Collins any time you want, but now there’s also this new mobile app that allows would-be patrons to scan a book on the shelf of their local retailer to check its price against Amazon’s offering. Not only that, but Amazon initially gave customers who used this “service” a $5 discount off their next purchase for carrying out this free-market espionage in their competitors’ physical stores. Amazon’s announcement was followed almost immediately by anger, articulated most prominently in a strongly worded piece by Richard Russo in the New York Times. Over at Slate, Farhad Manjoo fired back the next day in an almost comically inflammatory article, positing that “buying books on Amazon is better for authors, better for the economy, and better for you.”

Really? 

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Amazon’s Jungle Logic

http://nyti.ms/xVw020

 

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Don’t Support Your Local Bookseller
Buying books on Amazon is better for authors, better for the economy, and better for you.
http://slate.me/iscoop62

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Free Science Fiction Books for Kindle: Linked List of SciFi Classics

Free Science Fiction Books for Kindle: Linked List of SciFi Classics | OER Resources: open ebooks & OER resources for open educations & research | Scoop.it

This linked list of over 350 free science fiction stories and novels in Amazon's permanent collection was recently updated with hundreds of works from famous science fiction writers who wrote in the 1950's and 1960's and apparently forgot to extend their copyright protection. For the more recent authors SciFi fans will be familiar with, I just list the links (arranged by author) that will take you to their titles in the Kindle store for free download. For the earlier writers, I usually include a one or two line summary of their books.

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e.g. from the woinderful Dick, Philip K.

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Beyond Lies the Wub
http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Lies-the-Wub-ebook/dp/B004UJU5W0

Beyond the Door

http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-the-Door-ebook/dp/B004UJORLK 

Mr. Spaceship

http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Spaceship-ebook/dp/B004TS135K

Piper in the Woods

http://www.amazon.com/Piper-in-the-Woods-ebook/dp/B004UJ11JQ

Second Variety

http://www.amazon.com/Second-Variety-ebook/dp/B004UJKI0Y

The Crystal Crypt

http://www.amazon.com/The-Crystal-Crypt-ebook/dp/B004UJR154

The Defenders

http://www.amazon.com/The-Defenders-ebook/dp/B004UKEOGM

The Gun

http://www.amazon.com/The-Gun-ebook/dp/B004TPQJBG

The Skull

http://www.amazon.com/The-Skull-ebook/dp/B004TRD3VI

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Social Reading – Einsames Lesen war gestern. Zwischen den Zeilen, von der DRM-Fessel zur Zitat-Api

Social Reading – Einsames Lesen war gestern. Zwischen den Zeilen, von der DRM-Fessel zur Zitat-Api | OER Resources: open ebooks & OER resources for open educations & research | Scoop.it

Sascha Kösch, De:Bug 150
http://bit.ly/debug150 

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Sehr interessanter Artikel mit vielen Links und Resourcen!

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Das Resüme am Ende:

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Am Ende dieses kurzen Überblicks fragt man sich, ob es wirklich schon Zeit ist für den Umstieg auf E-Books. PDFs erscheinen jetzt mal halbwegs zukunftssicher. Das EPub-Format auch, aber jeder Einstieg bedeutet entweder die Bindung an den Kopierschutz eines Herstellers, verbunden mit der Hoffnung, dass in einem zersplitterten Markt am Ende alles irgendwie zusammenwachsen könnte, oder schlichtes Ausharren, bis der Größte alles andere plattgemacht hat. Dabei könnte Social Reading so schön sein. Und wer sagt uns, dass das Buch in seiner klassischen Form überhaupt einen Wrapper wie EPub, PDFs oder ähnliches braucht? Schließlich ist es Text, und als Text wäre HTML heutzutage definitiv das flexibelste Format. Sicher werden wir in der Zukunft noch eine ähnliche Bewegung bei Büchern wie bei Musik sehen. Eine Auflösung von DRM, mehr CC-Releases, offene APIs auch jenseits von Google, und wer weiß, vielleicht sogar Bücher, die als Webseiten funktionieren und ihre Gelder über Anzeigen oder Spenden einspielen. Eine genaue Katalogisierung von Büchern jenseits ihres haptischen Deckels bis in die feinsten Teile ihrer Bestandteile ist längst möglich. Das merkt man nicht zuletzt an Zitaten, die man bei Google eingibt, die ja auf einem der größten Archive von Text sitzen. Und für genau diese Passagen braucht man eine digitale Adressierung, eine flexible und von jedem ansprechbare Zitat-API, denn erst dann wird das Reden über Text zu einem gemeinsamen und über verschiedenste Plattformen hinaus wirklich sozialen Lesen.

Post Scriptum
Mittlerweile hat Amazon eine neue Software eingeführt, und lässt einen jetzt Kommentare zu einzelnen Passagen für alle sichtbar machen. Gleichzeitig gibt es auch eine passende Webseite mit den meistkommentierten Büchern, die direkt wieder zur Kindle Software zurückleitet. Und im Versuch, einzelne Orte im Buch quer durch verschiedene Formate zu adressieren, gibt es jetzt auch – in manchen Büchern – die Seitenangaben aus dem gedruckten Buch obendrein. Ein erster wichtiger Schritt.

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http://www.scribd.com

http://www.mendeley.com 

http://www.thecopia.com

http://www.goodreads.com

http://www.researchgate.net

http://www.bookglutton.com


Sascha Kösch auf twitter
https://twitter.com/#!/bleed

 

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http://www.racheldejoode.com/ 

 

 

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Feedbooks | Free ebooks for iPad / iPhone, Andriod and other Ebook-Reader & Tablets

Feedbooks | Free ebooks for iPad / iPhone, Andriod and other Ebook-Reader & Tablets | OER Resources: open ebooks & OER resources for open educations & research | Scoop.it

Feedbooks distributes over 3,000,000 books every month to smartphones, tablets and eReaders.

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Feedbooks is a digital library and cloud publishing service for both public domain and original books founded in June 2007 and based in Paris, France.[2] The main focus of the web site is providing e-books with particularly high-quality typesetting in multiple formats, particularly EPUB, Kindle, and PDF formats. Custom PDF generation settings like trim size dimensions and margins are possible on the site.[3]
Self-published books are edited using a web interface[4] and they are also accessible via dedicated Kindle and mobile web sites.[5] Creating footnotes is also supported by the user interface.[6]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feedbooks

 

 

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MobileRead Wiki - Book authoring software

MobileRead Wiki - Book authoring software | OER Resources: open ebooks & OER resources for open educations & research | Scoop.it
These days most everyone writing books are using computer tools to help with the job. In some cases computers are being used simply as replacements for the old typewriter with simple editing capability but others are using features way beyond just entering text. If you are an author please add your own ideas and techniques to this page. The focus of this article is eBook creation and not just conversion of eBooks from one format to another. Please check Creation conversion software for information on converting documents. Note that many of the conversion tools permit editing the source document or even simple file creation but they typically lack the more specialized features needed for true book authoring.
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MobileRead

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No matter whether you are a developer, admirer, or just a gadget-crazed passerby - if you love reading eBooks and tinkering with mobile technology, you came to the right place. This Wiki is a knowledge base created by users of the MobileRead community.
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30.12. 11 freies (Kindle-) Ebook: Jo Nesbø Leopard: Harry Holes achter Fall eBook: Jo Nesbø

... heute, am 30.12.11 noch den ganzen Tag zum freien download:
Jo Nesbø: Leopard: Harry Holes achter Fall eBook: Übersetzer: Günther Frauenlob, Maike Dörries

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Der Schneemann steckt ihm noch gehörig in den Knochen: Harry Hole, die „lebende Legende des Osloer Polizeipräsidiums“ ist nach Hongkong geflüchtet. Er hat Spielschulden, die Mafia ist auch nicht gut auf ihn zu sprechen. Eine erneute Mordserie in Oslo jedoch weckt in ihm wieder den alten Instinkt.
In solcher Intensität sicher selten: Leser und Opfer haben bei diesem Kriminalroman eines gemeinsam: sie können der Handlung einfach nicht entrinnen und entkommen. Ein Mammut- Thriller geradezu, eine atemraubende XXL- Geschichte ohne auch nur leiseste Ansätze von Langeweile oder Längen, keine Ermüdung, keine Durchhänger. Nur aus physischen Gründen legt man vielleicht mal eine Pause ein...

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Und wer auch nach 600 Seiten glaubt, das sei es nun, das dramatische Ende, hat weit gefehlt. Voller Temperament bäumt sich die Geschichte nochmals auf, das ist schon ein faszinierendes Buch! 700 Seiten, aus denen andere Autoren zwei Bücher mit nur halb so intensiver Spannung machen, 700 Seiten in denen Nesbo weit ausgeholt hat, eine Geschichte präsentiert, die in den norwegischen Bergen ebenso dramatisch und fesselnd spielt wie in Afrika, die neben mörderischer Jagd und Hetze von Kompetenzstreitigkeiten einzelner Polizeibehörden, Karriereneid und Verrat genauso lesenswert erzählt, wie von menschelnden Dingen, Holes Vater liegt im Sterben, da ist immer noch Rakel, Holes große, alte Liebe, die nicht vergessen ist und Kaja, die junge, aufstrebende Kommissarin.

Unvergleichlich auch und wieder im neuen Nesbo der kantige Harry Hole, „notorischer Einzelgänger“, ein Alkoholiker, „nüchtern allerdings ein Genie“, auf jeden Fall „ein verdammt guter Mann“. Harry Hole, so ein John Wayne- Typ in skandinavischer Krimilandschaft.

Schnell wittert Hole den Serienkiller, dessen Handschrift an den Schneemann erinnert, erneut sind „glühender, brodelnder Hass“, Erniedrigung und Demütigung das treibende Motiv für den Täter, der mit „fantasievollen Folterinstrumenten“ tötet: Leopoldsäpfeln, die Spuren des seltenen Metalls Koltan im Mund der Opfer hinterlassen und einen grausamen Tod bewirken. Geschmeidig, schnell, mit im höchsten Grade geschärften Sinnen, so bewegt er sich in seinem mörderischen Tun, der Leopard sorgt für einen Sog in Nervenkitzel und brillante Hochspannung, dem man sich nicht entziehen kann. „Ich habe das nächste Opfer bereits auserkoren.“ Wer hätte gedacht, dass der Schneemann noch zu toppen ist!
(Aus der Amazon.de-Redaktion)
--Barbara Wegmann

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10 Fundamental Tips for Social Media Community Managers

10 Fundamental Tips for Social Media Community Managers | OER Resources: open ebooks & OER resources for open educations & research | Scoop.it

Read 10 tips new community managers should use to ensure they maintain a good balance between internal and external responsibilities: ... Community managers must strike a balance. Externally, community managers are the voices of their brands in social media, serving as social media strategists, customer service managers, content creators, product managers, and evangelists. Internally, they are the voice of their communities at their own companies. Community managers bring the conversations they have with community members to the forefront of marketing, customer service, and product discussions, epitomizing the value and function of a social business. Because community manager jobs vary at each company, there is no one magic bullet to make a community management program work. But with more and more community manager jobs showing up every day, here are some tips for new or aspiring community managers or those who think they could benefit from a community management function in their marketing department. Read more: http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/29354/10-Fundamental-Tips-for-Social-Media-Community-Managers.aspx#ixzz1hj0ujn1K

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Apple’s Dream For Digital Textbooks Was Fueled By A Student Intern In 2008 | Cult of Mac

Apple’s Dream For Digital Textbooks Was Fueled By A Student Intern In 2008 | Cult of Mac | OER Resources: open ebooks & OER resources for open educations & research | Scoop.it

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The pitch was made at Apple’s 2008 iContest in Town Hall. In case you’re unfamiliar with iContest, it’s an opportunity for Apple interns to present their ideas for the company to high-level executives. A little nerve-racking, to say the least.

Brian Lam of The Wirecutter tracked down Peters to talk about his experience in 2008 and how he thinks his idea shaped Apple’s announcements this morning. Here’s part of what he had to say:

Well the original idea came from my frustration with how much Textbooks were and I did some research about the market which showed that prices were artificially inflated because publishers were losing revenue from the resale of used textbooks.

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I remember answering a handful of questions and getting the impression that the exec’s were totally on board. It was a pretty awesome feeling. Afterwards I knew that we clearly we’re going to win so that last 5 presentations were pretty much screwed. Again, another awesome feeling.

Peters and his friends won that year’s iContest and each member of his team received a MacBook Air. The same pitch was then given to John Couch, the Vice President of Education at Apple. After today’s event, Peters feels that his pitch from 2008 helped initiate the idea we all saw fleshed out onstage in New York City:

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I want to clarify one thing – I’m not claiming that I invented the idea, just that I may have helped push management down a direction that they were already contemplating. It’s very possible that they were thinking about Textbooks well before I did. I just want that to be clear because I certainly don’t want people thinking that I’m trying to take all the credit. There’s a lot of work that has been done to advance the idea.

You can look at it this way – here’s a college aged kid telling you that this is a service he’d like.

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Wikirriculum: The Promises and Politics of an Open Source Curriculum | DMLcentral

Wikirriculum: The Promises and Politics of an Open Source Curriculum | DMLcentral | OER Resources: open ebooks & OER resources for open educations & research | Scoop.it

The idea of an “open source curriculum” has until now seemed entirely at odds with the political standardization and prescription of the curriculum. Are there any signs that curriculum will catch up with the decentered open source potential of digital media, and what are the political implications?

“Advances in technology should ... make us think about the broader school curriculum in a new way. In an open-source world, why should we accept that a curriculum is a single, static document? A statement of priorities frozen in time; a blunt instrument landing with a thunk on teachers' desks and updated only centrally and only infrequently? … We need to consider how we can take a wiki, collaborative approach to developing new curriculum materials; using technological platforms to their full advantage in creating something far more sophisticated than anything previously available.”

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This statement reads like many others in the field of digital media and learning. Yet surprisingly, it was made during a speech yesterday by Michael Gove,

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/jan/11/digital-literacy-michael-gove-speech ...

currently the British government secretary of state for education (the most important political position in British education). The otherwise highly conservative British government, it seems, has gone smart mobbing with the crowd for its latest curriculum ideas in a post-bureaucratic age of open source, mashable policies.

http://realbusiness.co.uk/news/entrepreneurs_and_the_andldquopostbureaucratic_ageandrdquo

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Mash-up Empire!

Minister Gove is known in the UK for swinging fairly far over to the right of the political spectrum. The majority of his educational speeches and the policies he has signed off on have focused on the reintroduction to schools of subjects like Latin and Classics, the importance of national culture, and the history of British Empire. He represents a hard line of educational restorationism, a conservative approach to deciding what official knowledge is to be selected for inclusion in any curriculum that has prevailed in the US, too.

http://www.stanford.edu/class/educ232b/Apple.pdf

 

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Will Apple Stick to the Steve Jobs Plan for Textbooks? ...But Steve Jobs had something bigger in mind!

Will Apple Stick to the Steve Jobs Plan for Textbooks? ...But Steve Jobs had something bigger in mind! | OER Resources: open ebooks & OER resources for open educations & research | Scoop.it

Apple is rumored to be building tools that let users make their own textbooks. But Steve Jobs had something bigger in mind.

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The latest rumor claims the company is set to unveil a “GarageBand” for books that would put tools for creating interactive digital textbooks into the hands of anyone with an Apple device.

But Steve Jobs had something bigger in mind. In his biography of Jobs, Walter Isaacson asked Apple’s former CEO for for his thoughts on the textbook market:

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Jobs had his sights set on textbooks as the next business he wanted to transform. He believed it was an $8 billion a year industry ripe for digital destruction. He was also struck by the fact that many schools, for security reasons, don’t have lockers, so kids have to lug a heavy backpack around.

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‘The iPad would solve that,’ he said. His idea was to hire great textbook writers to create digital versions, and make them a feature of the iPad. In addition, he held meetings with the major publishers, such as Pearson Education, about partnering with Apple.

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‘The process by which states certify textbooks is corrupt,’ he said. ‘But if we can make the textbooks free, and they come with the iPad, then they don’t have to be certified. The crappy economy at the state level will last for a decade, and we can give them an opportunity to circumvent the whole process and save money.

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Whether or not the company chooses to follow the vision of its leader — and whether those meetings with potential publishing partners panned out — is something that we’ll likely find out on Thursday. If the answer to either question turns out to be yes, Apple could make a huge impact on a distribution system that has remained relatively unchanged for decades.

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GarageBand for e-books? Apple to announce tools, platform to "digitally destroy" textbook publishing

GarageBand for e-books? Apple to announce tools, platform to "digitally destroy" textbook publishing | OER Resources: open ebooks & OER resources for open educations & research | Scoop.it

Apple is slated to announce the fruits of its labor on improving the use of technology in education at its special media event on Thursday, January 19. While speculation has so far centered on digital textbooks, sources close to the matter have confirmed to Ars that Apple will announce tools to help create interactive e-books—the "GarageBand for e-books," so to speak—and expand its current platform to distribute them to iPhone and iPad users.
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Along with the details we were able to gather from our sources, we also spoke to two experts in the field of digital publishing to get a clearer picture of the significance of what Apple is planning to announce.
So far, Apple has largely embraced the ePub 2 standard for its iBooks platform, though it has added a number of HTML5-based extensions to enable the inclusion of video and audio for some limited interaction. The recently-updated ePub 3 standard obviates the need for these proprietary extensions, which in some cases make iBook-formatted e-books incompatible with other e-reader platforms. Apple is expected to announce support for the ePub 3 standard for iBooks going forward.
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GarageBand for e-books
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At the same time, however, authoring standards-compliant e-books (despite some promises to the contrary) is not as simple as running a Word document of a manuscript through a filter. The current state of software tools continues to frustrate authors and publishers alike, with several authors telling Ars that they wish Apple or some other vendor would make a simple app that makes the process as easy as creating a song in GarageBand.
Our sources say Apple will announce such a tool on Thursday.
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And Inkling CEO Matt MacInnis agrees that such a move would be very likely. MacInnis previously worked on education projects at Apple before leaving the company in 2009 to pursue his own ideas about creating interactive digital books. Inkling currently offers a variety of digital textbooks with interactive features, including the ability to share notes with classmates and instructors, via an iPad app.
http://www.inkling.com/

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Mobile, social learning
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"We're already seeing that in Inkling's platform, and Kno's journaling feature. Future digital texts should allow students to layer all kind of other data, such as pictures, and notes, and then share that with the class or, ideally, anyone."
http://www.kno.com/home

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More on Apple's Textbook Plans for Thursday's Media Event

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The Wall Street Journal takes a look at Apple's plans for its education-focused media event scheduled for this Thursday, and while the report is...

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Apple Goes Back to School With Rumored Textbook Initiative | PadGadget

Apple Goes Back to School With Rumored Textbook Initiative | PadGadget | OER Resources: open ebooks & OER resources for open educations & research | Scoop.it
Is that what Apple is preparing to announce? Free academic textbooks for students? That would, of course, be amazing, given the insane cost of some textbooks – often over $150 per book. Of course, in such a situation, we could expect ad supplementation, but that’s not such a big deal for savings of that magnitude. Even if Apple isn’t announcing free textbooks, any foray into the market is bound to improve the status quo. There are some digital textbooks available, which relieve students of heavy carry loads, but a dedicated Apple textbook store that works in conjunction with textbook publishers could mean even more textbooks will be converted to a digital form. A student section of the iBookstore would be a most welcome addition. It could also indicate that Apple is preparing to launch its own self-publishing platform for its iBooks application, similar to Barnes & Noble’s PubIt and Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, which both allow writers to self publish their work.
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The Power of Open: Stories of creators sharing knowledge, art, & data using Creative Commons - Creative Commons

The Power of Open: Stories of creators sharing knowledge, art, & data using Creative Commons - Creative Commons | OER Resources: open ebooks & OER resources for open educations & research | Scoop.it
Since last fall, we’ve been talking at length to various creators about their CC stories—the impact Creative Commons has had on their lives and in their respective fields, whether that’s in art, education, science, or industry. We are thrilled to announce that we have cultivated the most compelling of these stories and woven them together into a book called The Power of Open.

http://thepowerofopen.org/

The stories in The Power of Open demonstrate the breadth of CC uses across fields and the creativity of the individuals and organizations that have chosen to share their work via Creative Commons licenses and tools.

The Power of Open is available for free download at http://thepowerofopen.org under the CC Attribution license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

 It is available in several languages, with more translated versions to come.

http://thepowerofopen.org/downloads/

 You can also order hard copies from Lulu. We hope that it inspires you to examine and embrace the practice of open licensing so that your contributions to the global intellectual commons can provide their greatest benefit to all people.

We could not have produced this work without the support of all of our creators, many of whom began telling their stories at our Case Studies wiki project:

http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Case_Studies

 

... which we encourage you to contribute to—as your story may also be highlighted in publications like The Power of Open!

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Social Reading: Apps, Plattforms, Books, Writing, Ideas (The Wheelercentre)

Social Reading: Apps, Plattforms, Books, Writing, Ideas (The Wheelercentre) | OER Resources: open ebooks & OER resources for open educations & research | Scoop.it
Reading is no longer a solitary affair and book clubs are moving online. The New York Times technology blog’s review of the Social Reading app makes the point that reading has become as much about communicating what you’re reading as the act itself.

Jason Johnson, one of the entrepreneurs behind Social Books, told the NYT “Short-form content on the web is very interactive, very dynamic. You can see which of your friends read the same article and what they thought of it. It made us ask, ‘Can this be applied to long-form content? Can we take the advent of social media and apply it to the way we read books on tablets?’”
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... further reading:
Social Books Hopes to Make E-Reading Communal
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/11/social-books-hopes-to-make-e-reading-communal/

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 FirstChapters is an innovative book discovery platform designed with you, the reader, in mind. It is difficult (if not impossible) to find great books in the digital world. So we've created an iOS app, an Android app, and a web site to help. Browse top-rated book lists such as the New York Times, the USA Today, Inc. Magazine, or Oprah to read free first chapters.

Scan a physical book from your iPhone or Droid and read the first chapter at your convenience. Share with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. And when you find a great book, buy it from your preferred retailer--such as Apple or Amazon--so that you can continue to build your virtual library. 
(from: http://rethinkbooks.com)

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MobileRead Forums - E-Book Uploads & Discussions about E.book Formats, Conversion ...

MobileRead Forums - E-Book Uploads & Discussions about E.book Formats, Conversion ... | OER Resources: open ebooks & OER resources for open educations & research | Scoop.it

MobileRead - the resource for mobile geeks seeking information and advice for keeping their gadgets happy. Notices Dedication MobileRead dedicates this E-Book Upload Library in loving memory of Patricia Clark, who untiringly shared her love of literature with all of us through the countless beautifully formatted e-books she personally uploaded for all readers to cherish, and through the unstinting help she provided to all who joined with her in this endeavor.

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... interesting Discussions about Conversion of different ebook-Formats:

Convert from Kindle's .azw to other formats?
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=23686

 

....more Resources about this topic:
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?p=143595#post143595&amp;amp;amp;nbsp;

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ses also my collection:

http://www.diigo.com/user/web2write/convertKindle

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including:

The Original Beginner's Guide to Kindle Content - MobileRead Forums

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MobileRead Wiki - E-book conversion

MobileRead Wiki - E-book conversion | OER Resources: open ebooks & OER resources for open educations & research | Scoop.it
Often the book we want to read on our ebook reader is in a format that is incompatible or just doesn’t look good. When this happens we have three choices (1) forget the whole thing, (2) get another ebook reader, or (3) convert the file to something we can use. If you picked #3 then this section of the Wiki page is for you. If you can't find it here then you might have to resort to digitizing Paper Books to Ebooks. For a handy quick reference see the Conversion matrix. You may also want to visit the article on the exact eBook format you are trying to create. This section is divided into two areas – (1) software from commercial firms (including their freeware and shareware offerings) and (2) non-commercial software developed and distributed under a GNU or similar license. http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Conversion_matrix
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How to Borrow ( over 100,000) eBooks from Open Library

How to Borrow ( over 100,000) eBooks from Open Library | OER Resources: open ebooks & OER resources for open educations & research | Scoop.it

1) Goto

http://openlibrary.org/

and select ‘SignUp’

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2)You will need to create an account. Fillout the form ,  and select ‘SignUp’ 

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3) Next, login to your email account and select the link in the email from Open Library. This will link you back to OpenLibrary.

Select ‘login to continue' ...

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4) Enter your password, and select ‘LogIn'

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5) This will bring you back to the home page.

Select ‘lending library of over 100,000 eBooks ’link in the header to browse ebooks.

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Kindle-Update 3.1: “echte Seitenzahlen” & neue Social Reading-Funktionen

Kindle-Update 3.1: “echte Seitenzahlen” & neue Social Reading-Funktionen | OER Resources: open ebooks & OER resources for open educations & research | Scoop.it

...“Real page numbering” verspricht Amazon nun der Kindle-Gemeinde, wenn man das neue Update installiert, also eine Seitenzählung wie im richtigen (analogen) Leben. ...

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Aber viel wichtiger ist die "Sozialising-Funktion", die zum Glück auch mit der iPad-App funktioniert:

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Soziales Lesen auf dem Kindle mit “Public Notes”

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Erweitert wurden zudem die Social Media-Funktionen. Mit der Option “Public Notes” kann man nun Anstreichungen (“Higlighting”) und Anmerkungen (“Annotations”) für andere sichtbar machen. Bisher gab es ja bereits das anonyme “Highlighting”-Feature, mit dem sich auf Knopfdruck die am meisten angestrichenen Passagen anzeigen ließen. Die “öffentlichen Anmerkungen” machen nun die Lektüre noch stärker zum sozialen Prozess. Im Kindle-Blog heißt es dazu: “Alle Kindle-Nutzer – vom Autor über die Fans und Kritiker bis zu Literaturprofs und leidenschaftlichen Lesern – können nun auf Wunsch von überall aus ihre Gedanken über Buchpassagen mit Freunden, Familienmitgliedern, Kollegen oder der großen Kindle-Community austauschen.” Noch mehr Social Reading gibt es durch die “Before you go”-Funktion: am Ende eines E-Books wird der Leser jetzt nämlich aufgefordert, eine Bewertung abzugeben und ein paar Worte zur Lektüre über die sozialen Netzwerke zu schicken.

... und das ausgerechnet bei Amazon :-(

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