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
The future of the book site offers a short video demonstration of the Booki.sh Reader, developed by Inventive Labs in Melbourne. It is designed to work in modern web browsers like Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. More information can be found on the booki.sh blog.
Hat tip to Xplana blog.
Rob Reynolds, from the Xplana blog has a great piece on the transformation of textbook publishing. Rob discusses the history and context of textbook publishing, current business models, product types on the market today, and challenges and strategies for the success of digital textbook adoption (and sales). It’s a great overview, I highly recommend it.
Saw a link to this new blog – College Open Textbooks – on a post from the Xplana blog. It’s just a couple months old with about 20 posts relating to open access textbooks. The blog appears to be sponsored by the Community College Open Textbook Collaborative, a project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. This should be interesting to watch.