Inside Higher Education featured an article this morning, The All E-Book Diet. The article discusses the eTextbook plan from Daytona State College which is to “eliminate the used-book and rental markets on campus and have all students buy e-books.”
From the article: Here is how it will work at Daytona State, beginning in January: Instead of having professors tell students what books to buy and then letting them try to find the cheapest option regardless of medium, Daytona State will buy a license from publishers to grant students access to electronic versions of the texts and charge them a “digital materials” fee. The college would require publishers to provide e-books that can be read by multiple types of e-reader, including regular computers; students would have to buy a device if they do not already have one, but the college says even then the new system would save them so much on course materials that they would still be paying 50 to 70 percent less than before (the college also owns 4,000 computers that students can use).
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 variety of stats and links. The comments thus far are nice as well.
Inside Higher Ed reported today that Rice University Press, who had been experimenting with an all digital publishing format, will shut down next month. The article, Abandoning an Experiment, discusses the situation at Rice and a handful of other university presses who are struggling or have announced closures.
Wow, ton of good things to read over the last 4 days, here’s a sampling of what I’ve been reading:
Cataloging and ILS: SkyRiver Files Antitrust Suit Against OCLC; Innovative Interfaces is Also Part of Suit « ResourceShelf
Final Report on E-Books & Public Libraries from Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) « ResourceShelf
New Research (Full Text): Not as Web Savvy as You May Think; Young People, Web Search, and Credibility « ResourceShelf
Each week the number of blog posts and articles relating to eBooks, publishing, and eReaders is on the rise. This week was no exception. Articles I am linking to focus on the use of readers in elementary schools and higher ed and how fast/slow reading is on devices, future of publishing and business models, textbook costs, and the new SONY reader library program.
Departments of Education and Justice Announce Continuing Commitment to Accessible Technology for All Students | U.S. Department of Education
Some good reads about digital textbooks and eBooks in higher education.
Interesting article on E-Library Economics in Inside Higher Education. Discussion surrounds Syracuse University’s plan for a more digital library and transformation of the physical library to student study space, which met with resistance from faculty and students. The author, Steve Kolowich, sites various studies on the economics of digital libraries and the design of the future library. “Taken together, these studies point to twin conclusions: The sooner professors and students embrace e-books, the sooner their libraries can start saving money — but that might not happen for a while.” Kolowich goes on to discuss issues with eBooks, eReaders, and standard formats like EPUB.