Thursday, September 29, 2011

eTextbooks via iPad? Amazon Fire? iPhone 5? Time to think about textbook transitions!

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Keeping Up: eTextbooks FridayLive! 9/30 2pm ET Free Online
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Publishers offering/exploring eTextbooks: "John Wiley & Sons; Bedford, Freeman & Worth Publishing Group; W.W. Norton; and Flat World Knowledge... "
- from "Major Publishers Join Indiana U. Project That Requires Students to Buy E-Textbooks," By Jeffrey R. Young, September 15, 2011, 7:00 am, Wired Campus, The Chronicle of Higher Education

"Nature Publishing Group, working with Tata Consultancy Services in India, produced a totally rewritten and interactive version of its popular textbook,Principles of Biology. It works on smartphones, tablets, and desktops. [Supposed to be avail Sept 2011 - is it? In use at Calif. State U. system? - SWG 20110928; see also press release]

AND Inkling, McGraw-Hill, Kaplan, Kno, ...

"Inkling is an iPad app that turns textbooks into bite-sized, illustrated, interactive pieces of media. With Inkling, William Strunk’s Elements of Style is reinvented with humorous hints and cheeky cartoons, while a biology textbook has beautiful diagrams and color photos.

"Inkling allows readers to jump into any chapter. Users don’t have to buy the entire textbook: They can just buy a few chapters and later get the entire textbook.

"Inkling is just one of the companies looking for a way to make digital textbooks work. Earlier this year, textbook publishers such as McGraw Hill and Kaplan struck a partnership with software company ScrollMotion to bring textbooks to the iPad."

- From "Startup Gives Digital Textbooks the Ol’ College Try," By Priya Ganapati, Gadget Lab, Wired, August 31, 2010 | 12:40 pm

Photo of "Men Laden With Tea, Sichuan Sheng, China Ernest H. Wilson," by "ralph repo" ca. 1908,
"This image, which was originally posted to, was uploaded to Commons using Flickr upload bot on 13:21, 6 July 2011 (UTC) by R├ędacteur Tibet (talk). On that date it was licensed under the license below.
This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license."
File:Men Laden With Tea, Sichuan Sheng, China 1908 Ernest H. Wilson RESTORED.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

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