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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Tags: Academic Libraries · Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · Open Access · Surveys/Statistics · Textbooks Reader: Using html5 to format books in a browser

November 8th, 2010 · Comments Off

The future of the book site offers a short video demonstration of the 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 blog. Hat tip to Xplana blog.

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Tags: Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · New Products · Vendor News

Transformation of Textbook Publishing in the Digital Age

June 1st, 2010 · Comments Off

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.

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Articles of Interest · Business Models/Pricing · Marketing · Mobile Devices · Textbooks

New blog on college open textbooks

May 24th, 2010 · Comments Off

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 […]

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Tags: Academic Libraries · Textbooks