Category: ‘News’

The Encyclopedia Britannica Goes Out of Print

Three news stories caught my eye last week that may signal that change is coming to textbook publishing faster than expected. First The Atlantic reports that only 8,000 copies of  the 2010 edition of Encyclopedia Britannica sold in the U.S., compared to 120,000 of the 1990 edition.  After 244 years, Britannica is ending the print edition. […]

Adobe Fundamentally Changes Economics of Publishing on iPad For Single Edition Content

Adobe Fundamentally Changes Economics of Publishing on iPad For Single Edition Content http://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/pressroom/pressreleases/201110/100311AdobeDPSSingleEdition.html Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) announced Adobe® Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition allowing freelance designers and small design firms to publish interactive content created with Adobe InDesign® CS5.5 software on Apple iPad. With a breakthrough fee of just US$395 per application, Single Edition […]

Free Textbooks

When it comes to free textbooks, it appears that  introductory college courses are receiving lots of attention. On February 1, 2012, Connexions, the open an educational content repository, announced OpenStax College™.  OpenStax College “offers students free textbooks that meet scope and sequence requirements for most courses. These are peer-reviewed texts written by professional content developers.”   The initial textbook […]

Education without printed textbooks and lectures

The New York Times reports on the transformation at Mooresville, NC public schools — jump in graduation rate, drop in dropouts,  increase in in percent of students meeting proficiency standards — after school moved to laptops. Mooresville’s Shining Example (It’s Not Just About the Laptops)  

This is a link to a description of a study done at JMU and interviews with the PIs involved. http://www.jmu.edu/cisat/news/ereaderstudy.html

Inkling. Rich-media interactive eBooks/eReader for iPad

http://www.inkling.com eBook Review: Inkling: http://thetextbookguru.com/2011/12/06/ebook-review-inkling/ Inkling is a strong leader in eReaders when it comes to features and navigation. I found the interface extremely intuitive and simple to navigate. As someone who made it a mission to never by a textbook unless I absolutely had to, purchasing only the chapters you need makes a lot […]

Can’t believe everything read…until it’s read.

Source:  Kelley, Michael, and Bob Warburton. “Survey: Undergraduates Prefer Print Over Ebooks.” Library Journal 136, no. 12 (July 2011): 14-15. Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed February 1, 2012).

Utah schools start adopting open source textbooks

“The Utah State Office of Education announced this month it will develop and support the open textbooks for language arts, science and math.” Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/01/30/financial/f080708S52.DTL#ixzz1l2megClW

Cengage Will Partner with Moodlerooms, Unicon for Tighter Integration

Cengage Will Partner with Moodlerooms, Unicon for Tighter Integration 10/19/11 First two paragraphs of article:

Desire2Learn Adds Integration with CourseSmart Digital Resources

Desire2Learn Adds Integration with CourseSmart Digital Resources 11/28/11 First paragraph from article: