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Accessibility and eTexts

My favorite part of the sandbox experience is the conversations that I have with participants.  Each participant brings a unique perspective to the sandbox topics.   I have learned so many useful, beneficial things from these conversations! One of the unique perspectives on e-texts for me was a conversation that I had with Valerie Schoolcraft,  e-Text Sandbox […]

Digital textbooks get a boost with new offerings

Digital textbooks get a boost with new offerings http://www.eschoolnews.com/2012/03/23/digital-textbooks-get-a-boost-with-new-offerings/ Cloud-based ‘Techbooks’ from Discovery Education now include high school science, middle school social studies Apple recently made a splash when it unveiled its iBookstore, featuring digital textbooks for high school math and science education from McGraw-Hill and others. Now, Discovery Education has given digital textbooks another […]

Survey: Tablet Ownership Up Among H.S., College Students

It looks like the “Digital Textbook Playbook” may move things along more quickly than we thought.  ri http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/DigitalEducation/2012/03/perhaps_it_should_be_no.html The results, released Wednesday, show that tablet owners more than quadrupled among college-bound high school seniors during the past year, with 17 percent surveyed this year claiming a tablet device as their own. It also more than […]

ePubs by chapter

User Interface Design for Virtual Environments: Challenges and Advances http://www.igi-global.com/book/user-interface-design-virtual-environments/55316 Here’s an example of an ePub that are available on a chapter-by-chapter basis.  Could profs use such chapters to configure their own customized ePubs?  Are there copyright restrictions for doing this, eg, like course pack?

EDUCAUSE archives down till Monday Feb 6 8:00am

FYI – Thought I’d check out the EDUCAUSE presentation before settling into the Super Bowl, but it’s down for maintenance.

Kno. eBooks/eReader for iPad/web

http://www.kno.com/home Book Review: Kno http://thetextbookguru.com/2011/10/13/ebook-review-kno/ Overall, I thought the Kno app was easy to use and the interface was very intuitive. Purchasing, downloading and organizing your course books is incredibly simple and just the fact that you don’t have to carry around a 10lb book (or several) is a huge bonus. Many of the features […]

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).

Is there a book for this class? Yes, and fortunately it is thin. (Episode 1)

The data for the following study is likely seven or more years old and therefore collected just as  student usage of “smart phones” exploded. It is hard to imagine smart phone usage increasing the time spent on reading text books. The opposite effect is arguably more likely. Still, this article is worth a quick read. […]

Apple’s New iBooks Won’t School College Bookstores Any Time Soon

Context… Apple’s New iBooks Won’t School College Bookstores Any Time Soon http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2012/01/apple-college-bookstores/

Desire2Learn Adds Integration with CourseSmart Digital Resources

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