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

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 snapshot of my general comments with links to various sources for more information.

Our current textbook system is broken.  We have arrived at $200 textbooks and have students who cannot afford them.  As a result, students try to borrow a textbook from the library or a friend (sometimes the older edition), purchase a used one, or go without.  Neither of these options provides revenue to the publisher, thus resulting in higher price points in an effort to recover the costs or production.   What can we do about this catch 22? Continue reading

Articles of Interest

Ebook restrictions leave libraries facing virtual lockout

The End of the Textbook as We Know It – Technology

SLJ Leadership Summit 2010: Librarians and Ereaders

New Barnes & Noble children’s e-book program hints at color touchscreen Nook

An Amazon Digital Book Rental Plan? – Inside Higher Ed

Source: New Nook is Android-based, full-color – CNET News

Save on textbooks Actions for Students – Student PIRGs

PA sets out restrictions on library e-book lending | theBookseller.com

Student Public Interest Groups Lobby for Open Source Textbooks

An article in Inside Higher Education today discusses the Student PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) call to action for open textbook solutions.  It’s an interesting piece, demonstrating the need for cheaper textbook alternatives and the lack of faculty interest in open access books due to lack of quality and reliability.  The author compares the situation to health care stating, “Student PIRGs’ pushing for a plurality of professors to adopt open textbooks is like a health care lobbyist pushing for a plurality of doctors to adopt herbal medicine: interesting, maybe even compelling with the right evidence, but ultimately impractical.”