digital textbooks

digital textbooks

Bill Gates: tablets in the classroom have a 'terrible track record'

Apple leads pack in America's five year race to deploy digital textbooks

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Apple's newly minted iBooks Author initiative targeting dynamic digital textbooks for iPad-adopting schools is getting a strong push from the Obama administration, which has outlined a challenge for schools and the industry to make the move from old media over the next five years....
Apple leads pack in America's five year race to deploy digital textbooks
Universities to pilot ebook program that monitors student reading habits

Apple's edtech play, iTunes U, reaches 1B content downloads

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Apple doesn’t really talk much about iTunes U, its educational content service powered by iTunes on iOS devices, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a success. Apple announced today that iTunes U has reached 1 billion content downloads, a sign that schools around the world are embracing Apple’s edtech...
Apple's edtech play, iTunes U, reaches 1B content downloads

Apple scores with digital textbooks and app

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But the availability of books and the affordability of iPads could be hurdles to fast adoption....
Apple scores with digital textbooks and app

Inkling squeezes interactive ebooks onto your iPhone

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After schooling the publishing industry on how interactive ebooks could be tackled on the iPad, Inkling is now focusing on the iPhone’s much smaller screen with its latest release. Inkling 3.0 brings the company’s extensive library of digital textbooks, cookbooks, and Frommer’s travel guides to the iPhone and iPod...
Inkling squeezes interactive ebooks onto your iPhone

Digital learning platform BenchPrep adds new publishers, doubles courses

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The past few weeks have seen quite a few textbook-related headlines — from digital textbook startup Kno’s announcement that is entering the K-12 education market to Amazon’s decision to rent textbooks to free textbook alternative Boundless Learning’s move out of private beta. But BenchPrep, a Chicago-based ed tech startup, isn’t...
Digital learning platform BenchPrep adds new publishers, doubles courses
School District Dumps $2 Million 'Online Textbook' Program After Discovering Some Students Can't Afford Broadband

A revolution deflated? Open source book company Flat World Knowledge starts charging

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No one said revolutionizing textbook publishing would be easy. It’s hard to argue against free and open information. Limiting access to knowledge and education only to those who can afford it just sounds evil, and we’ve got plenty of evidence that the textbook industry — once compared to predatory pharmaceutical...
A revolution deflated? Open source book company Flat World Knowledge starts charging

New Hope For Open Source Textbooks

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Editor’s note: Verne Kopytoff is a technology journalist who lives the the Bay area. A college textbook can cost a staggering $200. Over four years of study, students can easily spend thousands of dollars on books on top of a hefty tuition. The situation is not much better in public elementary,...
New Hope For Open Source Textbooks

California universities to produce 50 open-source textbooks

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California Governor Jerry Brown gave his pen a workout yesterday. In addition to signing legislation prohibiting social network snooping by employers and colleges, he also has also signed off on a proposal for the state to fund 50 open source digital textbooks. He signed two bills, one to create the...
California universities to produce 50 open-source textbooks

Wisconsin settlement funds from Microsoft being used to buy iPads for education

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Wisconsin plans to use settlement funds from Microsoft to buy 1,400 iPads for educational use. The almost $80 million in settlement funds came a result of claims that Microsoft was overcharging consumers for software. The iPads are being paid for with $3.4 million from the funds. With Apple’s educational...
Wisconsin settlement funds from Microsoft being used to buy iPads for education

US education, FCC officials push for digital textbooks

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The Obama administration is urging both schools and companies to make a transition to digital textbooks within five years, says the Associated Press. The message was delivered by Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski on Wednesday. Switching to digital is said to be a way...
US education, FCC officials push for digital textbooks

Google Buys Frommer's to Fold Into Zagat

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Google is buying the Frommer’s travel guide from Wiley, as was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it was not a huge one. Wiley had put the assets on the market earlier this year. While Zagat prided itself in pioneering user-generated...
Google Buys Frommer's to Fold Into Zagat
Amazon Whispercast for Kindle paves the way for the rise of digital textbooks

iPads for Madison, WI schools purchased with Microsoft lawsuit settlement funds

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A total of about 1,400 iPads are heading to schools in Madison, Wisconsin during 2012, indirectly paid for by none other than Microsoft. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the school district is acquiring iPads as they are less expensive, easier to use, and more portable than the usual...
iPads for Madison, WI schools purchased with Microsoft lawsuit settlement funds
Kno brings its digital textbooks to K-12 education
Coursera partners with publishers to bring digital textbooks to the masses
Former Yahoo India CTO develops search engine to transform K12
California passes bills to create open source digital library for college textbooks
Inkling Habitat brings pro-level digital book creation to the cloud -- but will it dent Amazon?

TOC Preview: The Future of Digital Textbooks http://bit.ly/c6pADH

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TOC Preview: The Future of Digital Textbooks http://bit.ly/c6pADH

Kno launches a free tool for publishers to turn boring files into an interactive ebook

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Ed-tech company Kno has the support of Silicon Valley venture capitalists, but it has struggled to find its niche, until today. Kno’s CEO Osman Rashid is confident about a product that can turn a boring PDF into an interactive ebook in “minutes.” This new publishing toolwas originally called “Evolve,”...
Kno launches a free tool for publishers to turn boring files into an interactive ebook

In digital textbook transition, device availability is just the beginning

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Among technology’s top titans, the race is on to bring tablet-based digital textbooks into the classroom. Since launching the iPad, Apple has made a big push in education, and its expected iPad Mini launch this week will likely open it up to an even wider range of education customers. Last week,...
In digital textbook transition, device availability is just the beginning

BenchPrep Partners With Educational Publishers Including Pearson, O'Reilly, Microsoft Press

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BenchPrep today announced that it has added a number of new publisher partners to its roster, including Pearson Education, O’Reilly Media, Microsoft Press, Archipelago Learning, A.D., Banker & Co. and Allen Resources, bringing a total of more than 100 new courses to BenchPrep’s online library. It’s a significant win...
BenchPrep Partners With Educational Publishers Including Pearson, O'Reilly, Microsoft Press

Obama administration wants all students using digital textbooks in five years

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For all of their benefits, paper textbooks are heavy, expensive, and often out of date by the time students get hold of them. It turns out the folks at Apple aren't the only ones trying to make the push to digital textbooks — in an interview with the Associated...
Obama administration wants all students using digital textbooks in five years
Kno Expands Beyond College, Partners With Houghton Mifflin To Bring Digital Textbooks To K-12
Report: Apple To Highlight iPad's Educational Value At Tuesday's iPad Mini Event

Apple, others challenged to make digital textbooks a reality in five years

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Apple. along with a number of tech industry leaders, took part in a discussion on Thursday to explore how a joint effort backed by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and Department of Education can implement digital textbooks in the nation's K-12 public schools....
Apple, others challenged to make digital textbooks a reality in five years

What's Missing From The New Digital Classroom?

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As part of my research at Forrester, I've spent a lot of time getting to know companies developing technology solutions for K-12 and higher education. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) like Coursera and Udacity give students around the world access to high-quality courses for free or at a fraction of...
What's Missing From The New Digital Classroom?
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