Digital Textbooks and Open Educational Resources – Summary of SOCHE Think TV session

May 3rd, 2011 · 3 Comments

On Tuesday, May 3rd I recorded a 15 minute segment for the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education on Think TV, the local public television station in Dayton, Ohio.  My topic was the rise of digital textbooks and options available for students and faculty to access and produce textbooks and learning materials.  Below is a […]

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The Ohio Digital Bookshelf, webinar summary

March 24th, 2011 · Comments Off

The Ohio Digital Bookshelf, Where will the 2nd Year Take Us?  A Webinar from the University System of Ohio TeachU, Presented by Stephen R. Acker, Research Director, The Ohio Digital Bookshelf The slides for the webinar are available on slideshare and the webinar archive. The following is a summary of my interpretation of the webinar.  […]

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Pearson and McGraw Hill invest in Inkling

March 24th, 2011 · Comments Off

The New York Times reported that Inkling, an interactive textbook development company who make textbooks for the iPad, has received funding from two large textbook publishers, Pearson and McGraw Hill. From the article: “The amount invested by Pearson and McGraw-Hill, among the biggest textbook publishers, was not disclosed. Inkling’s total investment to date, including money […]

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Charleston Conference – Open Textbooks Model & Library Involvement

November 4th, 2010 · Comments Off

Jeff Shelstad, Founder and CEO of FlatWorld Knowledge spoke first. Jeff provided some stats on higher education: 19.1 million students in 2010 in college $850 avg spent on textbook so, it’s about a 10billion industry Cengage, Pearson, McGraw-Hill are the big 3 publishers along with many other small ones Problem is that the industry has outworn […]

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Ingram Launches VitalSource Bookshelf application for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch

September 28th, 2010 · Comments Off

Received this email from Ingram today:  Ingram’s VitalSource launches Bookshelf® application for  iPad™, iPhone®, and iPod Touch®—now offers three ways to access content LA VERGNE, TN – Vital Source Technologies, Inc., the leading e-textbook solution provider for publishers, academic institutions and students today announced the availability of the VitalSource Bookshelf application for Apple’s iPad™, iPhone®, […]

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Kno – a new digital textbook platform and reader

June 3rd, 2010 · Comments Off

Just saw an article about Kno, a new company launching a digital textbook platform and reader.  The device offers a two panel tablet for viewing textbook material in true form by maintaining page structure, charts, graphs, and other non-text elements.  The device allows note taking and highlighting and offers Wi-Fi and 3-G access.  Kno has […]

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Accessibility Release for Ingram’s VitalSource Bookshelf

May 17th, 2010 · Comments Off

Last years law suit against 4 Universities piloting the Kindle reader as a eTextbook solution has done a lot to guarantee the accessibility of textbooks to all students. Ingram Content Group, working with the American Foundation for the Blind consulting group (AFB Consulting), announced a new disability release for their eTextbook platform – VitalSource.  The […]

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Kindle DX – Text to Speech

May 11th, 2009 · 3 Comments

An abledbody news article last week discusses the new Kindle DX and it’s text-to-speech program that will read a book aloud.  According to the abledbody article, the Kindle does not go far enough to provide an accessible player to persons with disabilities.  The eBook menus and controls are not audio accessible, limiting access to those […]

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