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Digital Textbooks

Jason Gilbert

Can This Startup Become The LinkedIn For College Students?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Gilbert | Posted 10.18.2011 | Technology

Chegg, the largest website for textbook rentals in the United States, is going digital. The textbook-disseminating giant has announced that digita...

Jason Gilbert

How To Save Money On College Textbooks Online

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Gilbert | Posted 10.12.2011 | Technology

Textbooks are expensive. No one in college right now needs any data to back up this assertion, but here are some numbers that'll send you running f...

Are Textbooks Transitory?

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 10.03.2011 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

With the shift from print to digital and from information scarcity to abundance, there's no reason to be limited to a single instructional resource. That's why I'm a skeptic about digital textbooks.

California Embraces Open Source Digital Textbooks

Edutopia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

California schools have cracked the spine on open source, free digital textbooks in an attempt to save money and to make educational resources easier ...

Why Do Students Still Cling To Paper Textbooks?

nytimes.com | LISA W. FODERARO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"The screen won't go blank," said Faton Begolli, a sophomore from Boston. "There can't be a virus. It wouldn't be the same without books. They've defi...

Academic Publishers In UK See strong growth from e-book sales

thebookseller.com | CAtherine Neilan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Nearly 90% of commmercial academic publishers have seen growth in e-book sales over the past two years, according to a cross-sector survey released to...

Textbooks On Kindle: Students' Response Is Lukewarm

AP | JESSICA MINTZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

SEATTLE — It's an experiment that has made back-to-school a little easier on the back: Amazon.com gave more than 200 hundred college students its Kindle e-reading device this fall, loaded with digital versions of their textbooks.

But some students are finding they miss the decidedly low-tech conveniences of paper – highlighting, flagging pages with sticky notes and scribbling in the margins.

"I like the aspect of writing something down on paper and having it be so easy and just kind of writing whatever comes to my mind," says Claire Becerra, a freshman at Arizona State University.

Becerra tried typing notes on the Kindle's small keyboard, but when she went back to reread them she found they were laden with typos and didn't make sense. After a month, she says she takes far fewer notes and relies on the Kindle's highlighter tool instead.

Amazon wants to adapt the Kindle to academia, where it could reduce the notoriously high cost of textbooks. The Kindle DX, with a larger screen than the regular model, costs $489, but digital books can cost less than half what physical ones do.

Digital Textbooks, Real Gains for Education

Lisa Petrides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Petrides

Governor Schwarzenegger has a plan to make California the first state in the nation to provide its schools with free digital textbooks.