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Barnes & Noble and Microsoft Team Up to Promote Digital Textbooks - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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"Most e-textbooks are slightly glorified PDF's of the print version, although that's changing," he said. "Digital e-books sell for about 60 percent of the cost of a new printed copy. Since students can go to their college store and rent a print copy for between 33 and 55 percent of the cost of a new book, the e-book really needs to have more functionality to make the higher price worth their while." [Charles Schmidt, a spokesman for the National Association of College Stores]

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How Nik Osborne Plans To Disrupt Class -- Campus Technology

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The head of Indiana University's e-texts program lays out how his institution plans to "disrupt" the traditional textbook publishing model with the help of publishers themselves.

 

In this interview, Osborne explains why digital textbooks offer so many advantages over printed ones and why the current "course fee model," as he calls it, isn't the final word for disrupting the traditional textbook model.

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