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Keeping track of new developments in the field of e-textbooks, particularly for foreign languages
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JMU teams up with Rosetta Stone: University offers new online Spanish class

JMU teams up with Rosetta Stone: University offers new online Spanish class | Electronic Textbooks | Scoop.it
JMU is now the first university to partner with Rosetta Stone to
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The Real Revolution Is Openness, Clay Shirky Tells Tech Leaders

The Real Revolution Is Openness, Clay Shirky Tells Tech Leaders | Electronic Textbooks | Scoop.it

Clay Shirky is one of the country’s most prominent Internet thinkers—“a spiritual guide to the wired set,” as The Chronicle Review put it in a 2010 profile of him. In his latest book, Cognitive Surplus, the New York University professor argues that a flowering of creative production will arise as the Internet turns people “from consumers to collaborators.”

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Course-Management Companies Challenge MOOC Providers - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Course-Management Companies Challenge MOOC Providers - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Electronic Textbooks | Scoop.it

Two software companies that sell course-management systems, Blackboard and Instructure, have entered the race to provide free online courses for the masses.

On Thursday both companies plan to announce partnerships with universities that will use their software to teach massive open online courses, or MOOC’s. The companies hope to pull in their own college clients to compete with online-education players like Udacity and Coursera.

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Calif. Governor Signs Bills Giving Digital Textbooks and Other Help to Students - The Ticker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Calif. Governor Signs Bills Giving Digital Textbooks and Other Help to Students - The Ticker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Electronic Textbooks | Scoop.it

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law on Thursday a number of bills affecting California colleges and their students, including two measures designed to provide students with access to free online textbooks for 50 undergraduate courses. The measures (Senate Bills 1052 and 1053) establish a nine-member faculty council that will identify the classes for which open-source digital textbooks should be developed and oversee the texts’ development, and create a digital library to house the textbooks and other courseware. “There’s absolutely no reason a basic biology, statistics, or accounting textbook, for example, should cost $200,” the State Senate’s president pro tempore, Darrell Steinberg, author of the two bills, said in a written statement.

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Higlighter

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Today Highlighter announced that it’s partnering with the 20 Million Minds Foundation, a non-profit committed to finding ways to lower the cost of textbooks, to product a book for the upcoming Fall term – Introduction to Sociology. The textbook, created by OpenStax College and Rice University is free and openly licensed.
Highlighter and 20MM describe it as “the first student-faculty interactive textbook” insofar as it will offer these social highlighting, annotating, commenting and sharing features. The Highligher version of the textbook will also let professors place students into smaller study groups for easier social interaction and enables them to track students’ reading and note-taking progress within a topic or chapter.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/hack-higher-education/social-free-and-openly-licensed-intro-sociology-textbook#ixzz23p9Iy5G5
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The Netflix of Textbooks: Renting Tomes To Rake In Cash - Forbes

The Netflix of Textbooks: Renting Tomes To Rake In Cash - Forbes | Electronic Textbooks | Scoop.it
CampusBookRentals.com, one of last year’s America’s Most Promising Companies, has carved itself a $40 million slice in the $10 billion college textbook industry by renting books to students on 6,000 different campuses, both online and through 180...
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Professors Put Textbooks Online to Reduce Costs - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Professors Put Textbooks Online to Reduce Costs - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Electronic Textbooks | Scoop.it

The rising cost of textbooks—along with the rise of easy-to-use publishing tools online—has helped drive the popularity of open-source materials and professors’ taking a do-it-yourself approach to textbook publishing. Here are three professors who wrote their own textbooks and are distributing them free.

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Professor Hopes to Support Free Course With Kickstarter, the 'Crowd Funding' Site - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Professor Hopes to Support Free Course With Kickstarter, the 'Crowd Funding' Site - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Electronic Textbooks | Scoop.it

Free online courses for the masses are all the rage—and many are being run by start-ups hoping to profit by selling related materials and services. Jim Groom thinks that’s too commercial, so he’s raising money for the online course he co-teaches at the University of Mary Washington using Kickstarter, the popular “crowd funding” service.

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Temple Project Ditches Textbooks for Homemade Digital Alternatives - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Temple Project Ditches Textbooks for Homemade Digital Alternatives - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Electronic Textbooks | Scoop.it

When students groan about buying traditional textbooks, their grievances follow a familiar refrain: They’re expensive and usually boring. So this fall, a team of Temple University professors heeded those complaints and abandoned the old-fashioned texts for low-cost alternatives that they built from scratch.

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Kno Adds Analytics, Flashcards to Digital Textbooks

Kno Adds Analytics, Flashcards to Digital Textbooks | Electronic Textbooks | Scoop.it
Two new capabilities, Kno Flashcards and an analytics tool called Kno Me, will soon be available with smart textbooks distributed by Kno, a Santa Clara, CA-based provider of educational software.
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5 Colleges to Test Bulk-Purchasing of e-Textbooks

An effort by college leaders to shake up the textbook industry got a boost this week, as five universities announced plans to try bulk purchasing of e-textbooks. The news comes just one day before an Apple news conference that is expected to feature that company's entrance into the e-textbook space, and it highlights steps that colleges themselves are taking to rein in textbook prices rather than wait for the market to reshape itself.

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New Study Shows E-Textbooks Saved Many Students Only $1

New Study Shows E-Textbooks Saved Many Students Only $1 | Electronic Textbooks | Scoop.it

Despite the promise that digital textbooks can lead to huge cost savings for students, a new study at Daytona State College has found that many who tried e-textbooks saved only one dollar, compared with their counterparts who purchased traditional printed material.

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California Bill Pushes for Free Online College Books

California Bill Pushes for Free Online College Books | Electronic Textbooks | Scoop.it

State Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is proposing a bill that will allocate $25 million of state coffers to create 50 free online college book titles that teachers can use, remix, add to, or edit as they see fit. The bill establishes the online California Digital Open Source Library, which will house the 50 most commonly used books for required lower-division courses.

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Publishers and Library Groups Spar in Appeal to Ruling on E-Reserves - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Publishers and Library Groups Spar in Appeal to Ruling on E-Reserves - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Electronic Textbooks | Scoop.it
A flurry of filings marked a new phase in the keenly watched copyright case.
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Flat World Knowledge to Drop Free Access to Textbooks

Flat World Knowledge to Drop Free Access to Textbooks | Electronic Textbooks | Scoop.it

Sometimes free costs too much. As of January 1, 2013, Flat World Knowledge, which used to describe itself as the world’s largest publisher of free and open textbooks online, will no longer offer content at no charge.

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Pearson Moves Deeper Into Online Education With $650-Million Purchase - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Pearson Moves Deeper Into Online Education With $650-Million Purchase - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Electronic Textbooks | Scoop.it

Pearson, a publishing and education company whose products include books, newspapers, and online services, announced a major acquisition on Tuesday that will deepen its commitment to becoming a major player in online education.

The company, which owns the Financial Times and the Penguin Group book publisher, shelled out $650-million in cash to buy EmbanetCompass, a business that provides support services to colleges and universities that are moving their programs online.

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What is the Future of Academic Publishing? An Interview with Gita Manaktala from MIT Press

What is the Future of Academic Publishing? An Interview with Gita Manaktala from MIT Press | Electronic Textbooks | Scoop.it

In this interview I speak with Gita Manaktala, the editorial director of the MIT Press. MIT Press is well known for its cutting-edge interventions in the fields of technology and culture, such as the series Software Studies and the History of Computing. In this interview, Gita comments on how MIT Press is dealing with the many challenges that academic presses are currently facing.

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What Is an Access Code Worth?

What Is an Access Code Worth? | Electronic Textbooks | Scoop.it

The story of one University of Maine student's quest for a reasonably priced textbook reveals just how complicated course materials have become as the textbook industry makes its awkward transition from print to digital.

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Students Find E-Textbooks 'Clumsy' and Don't Use Their Interactive Features - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Students Find E-Textbooks 'Clumsy' and Don't Use Their Interactive Features - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Electronic Textbooks | Scoop.it
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IDC: More Mobile Internet Users Than Wireline Users in the U.S. by 2015 - prUS23028711

By 2015, more U.S. Internet users will access the Internet through mobile devices than through PCs or other wireline devices.

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Tablet Ownership Triples Among College Students

Tablet Ownership Triples Among College Students | Electronic Textbooks | Scoop.it

One-fourth of the college students surveyed said they owned a tablet, compared with just 7 percent last year. Sixty-three percent of college students believe tablets will replace textbooks in the next five years—a 15 percent increase over last year’s survey. More than a third said they intended to buy a tablet sometime in the next six months.

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iBook Author App Overturning Textbooks

iBook Author App Overturning Textbooks | Electronic Textbooks | Scoop.it
Apple's new app allows anyone to build interactive ebooks for the iPad for a low price and light load.
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Introducing Chegg's new eTextbook Reader

Introducing Chegg's new eTextbook Reader | Electronic Textbooks | Scoop.it

Built for students, with students to help you learn faster. Anytime, anywhere access across all connected devices. Search, highlight, take notes & see key highlights from other students. 24/7 interactive math & science help from Chegg's network of students and experts.

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Why You May Not Need a Mobile App

Why You May Not Need a Mobile App | Electronic Textbooks | Scoop.it

Thousands of apps and billions of downloads consistently steal the headlines, while the mobile web is largely ignored by everyone but the consumer. Yet, despite what the marketing would lead you to believe, consumers use the mobile web just as much as apps.

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Learning All About Electronic Textbooks In A Video Interview With CourseSmart CMO Jill Ambrose (Part 1 of 2) | Emerging Education Technology

Catching up on today's digital textbook market and eTextbook functionality with CourseSmart's Chief Marketing Officer.
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