digital textbooks

The Trouble with Gifting an E-Book

The Trouble with Gifting an E-Book

| December 19, 2011 | 3 Comments

Flickr: Muffet By Jenny Shank Is it possible to personalize the gift of an e-book? I asked Arsen Kashkashian, head buyer at the Boulder Book Store, if he had any ideas, and he was as stumped as I am. “I’m not sure what the best way to personalize an e-book would be,” he said. His […]

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Blowing Out the Digital Book as We Know It

Blowing Out the Digital Book as We Know It

| December 2, 2011 | 5 Comments

Inkling’s plan to bring books to life on every platform.

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5 Reasons E-Books Are Awesome – Even for the Most Reluctant

5 Reasons E-Books Are Awesome – Even for the Most Reluctant

| October 28, 2011 | 7 Comments

By Jenny Shank When Amazon first introduced the Kindle in 2007, I had no desire to own one. I was happy with regular papery books. When the iPad went on sale in 2010, it was harder for me to resist. I’ve been using Macs, and Macs only, since I was a 6-year-old trying to ford […]

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Can Digital Comic Books Spark a Love of Reading?

Can Digital Comic Books Spark a Love of Reading?

| August 29, 2011 | 3 Comments

It has been a bitter pill for me to swallow as a parent and as a bibliophile: my son does not love to read. Sure, I read to him daily when he was a toddler, and even once he learned to read to himself, we still spent many evenings reading books aloud as a family. […]

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South Korean Schools Go Paperless.  Can Others Follow?

South Korean Schools Go Paperless. Can Others Follow?

| July 7, 2011 | 1 Comment

South Korea’s Education Ministry announced last week that it plans to replace all printed textbooks with digital versions in the next four years. It’s part of a larger effort to integrate technology into all aspects of the South Korean education system, including moving all nationwide academic exams online and offering more online classes. The Education […]

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Watch Out, Print Textbooks: Here Comes Inkling

Watch Out, Print Textbooks: Here Comes Inkling

| June 8, 2011 | 1 Comment

Whether it’s the iPad that will shake up the print book industry, or some other tablet, it’s evident that education textbook publishers are going to have to adapt to the digital world. Since the iPad is still the front-runner in the education realm, publishers have to learn to think of it not just as another […]

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It’s Here: A Science Book That’s Always Up-to-Date

It’s Here: A Science Book That’s Always Up-to-Date

| May 26, 2011 | 2 Comments

As much people still love their textbooks, there are inherent problems. They’re expensive. They’re heavy. And oftentimes, they’re woefully out-of-date. The latter is particularly true when it comes to science books — by the time a textbook hits store shelves (and appears in syllabi), new research outdates the text. Such is the changing nature of […]

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Algebra, Meet the iPad: Part II

Algebra, Meet the iPad: Part II

| January 20, 2011 | 3 Comments

The iPad’s impact on the role of the teacher, paid content versus free online and open-source content, and the learning process. Will eighth-graders who use the iPad to learn algebra do better than their textbook-using counterparts? That’s what publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Fuse pilot program will determine at the end of the school year. In […]

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How Free is “Free”?

How Free is “Free”?

| January 6, 2011 | 1 Comment

The article about CK12′s open-source digital FlexBooks compelled a reader to respond with some  questions. He writes: I have developed a strong interest in open or free text ever since I purchased a brand new grey-market, European textbook for 60 dollars, a full third of what Americans pay for the same biology book. I also […]

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The “Living Book” Movement: Free Education For All

The “Living Book” Movement: Free Education For All

| January 3, 2011 | 12 Comments

By Sara Bernard They’re free, they’re customizable, and they meet state standards. Those are the three biggest selling points of CK12 Flexbooks, digital educational content for K-12 schools. FlexBooks are developed through a combination of author donations, licensing partnerships, university collaborations, and incentives for community-based authorship, and teachers can customize them to their hearts’ content. […]

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