Ohio’s Digital Textbook Project Webinar Summary

October 25th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Today I attended the webinar sponsored by the Ohio Board of Regents regarding Ohio’s digital textbook project.   Speakers included: Darlene McCoy, Associate Vice Chancellor, Division of Affordability and Efficiency, University System of Ohio; Dr. Steve Acker, Research Director, eTextOhio Project; Dr. Shu Z. Schiller, Assistant Professor of Information Systems at Wright State University; and Eric […]

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Digital Textbooks, an interview with Michele Sordi of SAGE

October 22nd, 2010 · Comments Off

On Monday I visited SAGE in Thousand Oaks, California and had the chance to talk with Michele Sordi, Vice President and Editorial Director for the Higher Education Group, about digital textbooks.  We discussed the SAGE textbook program, barriers to digital textbook adoption, and the role of librarians in digital textbooks on campus. Michele will join […]

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Ohio’s Digital Textbook Project – Webinar on Monday

October 21st, 2010 · Comments Off

The University System of Ohio has been a national leader in supporting innovations that help eliminate textbook costs as a financial barrier to college.  Solving the textbook affordability crisis for Ohio college students is more pressing than ever, as large numbers of students turn to public institutions for high-quality, affordable education. Please join Darlene McCoy, […]

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10 Sources for Free Textbooks Online

September 3rd, 2010 · Comments Off

The Curriki blog has a nice post highlighting 10 sources for free textbooks online.  In addition to Curriki’s own site, they link to bookboon, flatworld knowledge, ck 12, open culture, Project Gutenberg, and others.

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eBooks in Higher Education, textbooks, rentals – great article

August 31st, 2010 · Comments Off

Great article today in Inside Higher Education, All in the Delivery, that discusses the rise of eBooks in higher education, specifically for textbooks.  Kindle, iPad, CourseSmart, FlatWorld Knowledge, and of course print, are discussed in the context of the best method for delivery of academic ebooks.  The author, Steve Kolowich, offers a nice overview and […]

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Graphic Novels as Textbooks

August 20th, 2010 · Comments Off

Texas Tech University Professor, Jeremy Short, was tired of the boring and stale management textbooks, so he wrote a couple of graphic novels for his students instead.  Using a college student character, Atlas Black, Short takes students through the life of a slacker college student who transforms to a successful entrepreneur. What did the students […]

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New Articles of Interest

August 6th, 2010 · Comments Off

Some things for your weekend reading list: A Sustainable Future for Open Textbooks? The Flatworld Knowledge Story E-Texts for All (Even Lucy) | Ebooks and Accessibility How Does Google Work? Learn How Google Works: Search Engine + AdWords HOW TO: Self-Publish Anything Online Newsweek Asks: “Farewell, Libraries?” « ResourceShelf

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Tags: Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · Ebook Readers · Fun and Games · Interfaces/Platforms · Library News · Publishing · Self Publishing · Textbooks

Exploring Open Access E-textbooks

April 12th, 2010 · Comments Off

A new Off The Shelf Column in Reference Books Bulletin (Booklist) explores open access e-textbooks.  The CK12 Foundation, Connexions, Flatworld Knowledge, and Merlot are discussed.  Other Off The Shelf pieces are on the articles page.

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FlatWorld Knowledge Partners with B & N and NACS

April 2nd, 2010 · Comments Off

I am reproducing this post from the teleread blog, thanks Paul! Flat World, the publisher of commercial open source college textbooks, had partnered with Barnes & Noble College Booksellers and NACS Media Solutions to distribute their textbooks to over 3,000 college bookstores for the fall semester. These are pilot programs and will launch in August. […]

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Tools of Change – Future of Digital Textbooks

February 23rd, 2010 · Comments Off

Tools of Change Conference – Future of Digital Textbooks, Feb. 23 10:45- 11:30 Speakers:  John Warren (Moderator) , Eric Frank, Flatworld Knowledge; Frank Lyman, CourseSmart; Nicholas Smith, Agile Mind; and Neeru Khosle, CK12 Foundation Questions: What is your company doing? What challenge or problem are you trying to solve? Give an example of a successful […]

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