BiblioBoard will host the innovative new textbook being created jointly by Liverpool University Press, the University of Liverpool Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the University Library. This project, funded by Jisc, seeks to address the question: can a university working as an e-textbook creator and publisher better serve students and promote a more sustainable information environment in higher education? Continue reading
Ingram has had a number of announcements in the last couple of weeks about new international initiatives as well as new features and enhancements to the VitalSource Bookshelf platform. Check the Ingram site for the full press releases. Here are some of the highlights:
- Ingram Content Group expanded its distribution reach to Russia and the former Soviet Union with the launch of its third Global Connect alliance with EE Media, the largest media publishing and distribution group in the country.
- Vital Source E-Textbook Platform Expands To The Philippines Through Work with C&E Publishing
- Vital Source Technologies, Inc. announced the international expansion of its VitalSource Bookshelf® platform with a new digital store in the U.K. The store offers tens of thousands of e-textbooks from leaders in academic publishing
- VitalSource Bookshelf® e-textbook platform now includes software client support in 25 languages, new and improved functionality and performance enhancements, the addition of international resellers, and worldwide support for integration with institutional systems like Blackboard Learn™, Moodle, and others. Continue reading
School Library Journal has published two recent articles about the eBook market in schools. The first is the “School Ebook Market Directory.” This piece features a snapshot of 19 eBook vendors for school libraries. Some of these include ABC-CLIO, Capstone, Rosen, OverDrive, Gale, StarWalk Kids, and Tumblebooks. The second article is “E. It’s Complicated. How Two Schools are Riding the Transition to Ebooks.” SLJ talked to academic experts and visited librarians, teachers, and students at two high-performing Illinois high schools: New Trier Township High School in Winnetka and Northfield, and Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. The article is in a Q/A format and discusses topics such as why go digital, will ebooks help kids learn more, who owns and pays for devices, what are the hurdles to adoption, and many more. Both are worth a read.
From an Ingram Press Release:
NASHVILLE, TN – Vital Source Technologies, Inc., an Ingram Content Group company, today announced that Panworld Education, a leading e-learning solution provider, has selected Ingram’s VitalSource Bookshelf® platform to power e-textbook solutions for their customers throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions. Continue reading
Streaming video is huge in my academic library, so it’s nice to see innovation and awards in the library/information community for this area. There is quite an esteemed list of previous Telly winners so congrats to Ingram.
NASHVILLE, TN – Ingram Content Group Inc., today announced that Vital Source Technologies, Inc. has been awarded two Telly Awards for their innovative work in educational video production. The prestigious Telly Award honors the finest video and film productions, outstanding cable TV commercials and programs and online commercials, video and films.
“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards. “Vital Source’s winning videos illustrate their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.” Continue reading
From an Ingram Press Release on March 12, 2013
NASHVILLE, TN – Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Group’s leading e-textbook solution, and Taylor & Francis, a global publisher of quality academic books, journals & online reference content, today announced an innovative product alliance, Routledge Interactive. This collaborative e-textbook initiative gives the education community greater control over their learning experience through media-rich interactive content.
Just received this press release from Ingram about textbooks. I can’t help but wonder if this will be the future of textbooks – wrapped in a course fee so that all students have access to the course materials. Coventry is providing these materials at no cost to students for their first year. No word on what the upper level course fees will be.
Coventry University and Ingram collaborate on innovative textbook program for students
RINGWOOD, UNITED KINGDOM – To ensure undergraduates get the best value for their money, first year students at Coventry University will have core textbooks and materials provided as part of their course fees in 2012 and 2013 through an innovative program developed between Coventry University and Ingram Content Group’s UK library supply company.
“The higher education system is undergoing unprecedented change, and this collaboration with Ingram demonstrates how we’re adapting to the developments so that the focus remains on what’s best for our students,” said Philip Vaughan, Assistant Director of Learning and Research at Coventry University. “Coventry prides itself on being an innovative university, and initiatives like this are exactly the kind of innovations which places of learning should be embracing as the education landscape evolves and students’ expectations change.” Continue reading
From an Ingram Press Release:
NASHVILLE, TN – Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Group’s leading e-textbook solution for publishers, academic institutions, and students, today announced that sixty new publishers have added more than 35,000 new digital textbooks and online course materials to its VitalSource Bookshelf® platform.
“The students of today are using technology to their advantage, and we are experiencing significant growth in the number of publisher, institutional, and reseller customers using the VitalSource Bookshelf platform,” said Kent Freeman, Chief Operating Officer, Vital Source Technologies, Inc. “We will continue to nurture our publisher relationships and expand and diversify our title selection to provide the digital content that’s in demand by students and educators worldwide.” Continue reading
I’m really disappointed to hear news from Flat World Knowledge that they will no longer be able to offer a free version of their textbooks. According to an email message sent to faculty, “As the transition to digital has changed student buying trends, one thing has become clear: the free format has become a barrier to our long-term growth and ability to offer a fair and affordable model that works for all our customers, from individual students and instructors to our institutional partners. A change is necessary.”
The full story is posted on the Flat World Knowledge site: http://www.flatworldknowledge.com/free2fair
Comments and questions? Also from the website: ” The decision to no longer offer free access did not come lightly. Some of you will be disappointed, and we understand. If you have questions, please contact us via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter: @flat_world and include #free2fair. We are ready to listen and respond.”
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