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Apple Poised to Benefit from U.S. Government's Five-Year Push for Digital Textbooks

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The Associated Press reports on a new initiative from the U.S. government to help push schools and textbook companies make the transition to digital textbooks over the next five years. With Apple pushing itself to the forefront of the digital textbook discussion with its iBooks Textbooks launch just two weeks...
Apple Poised to Benefit from U.S. Government's Five-Year Push for Digital Textbooks

McGraw-Hill Acquires 20% Stake In Area9, The Adaptive Learning Company Behind Its New Smart eBooks

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As a 95-year-old publishing company primarily known for its textbooks, McGraw-Hill is not usually the type of exhibitor one finds at the Consumer Electronics Show, let alone one to make a splash. Nonetheless, the company went to Vegas this year (er, rather its education division, McGraw-Hill Education went to Vegas)...
McGraw-Hill Acquires 20% Stake In Area9, The Adaptive Learning Company Behind Its New Smart eBooks

Inkling will sell iPad textbooks in over 900 college bookstores

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iPad textbook publisher Inkling is partnering with college bookstore provider Follett. Starting this fall, Follett will sell “hundreds of Inkling titles” in its over 900 college bookstores — including Stanford and UC Berkeley — and on its website. Titles include popular undergraduate textbooks as well as specialized MBA, medical and...
Inkling will sell iPad textbooks in over 900 college bookstores
School District Dumps $2 Million 'Online Textbook' Program After Discovering Some Students Can't Afford Broadband

In Major Expansion, Kno Adds K-12 to Digital Education Platform (Video)

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In a big leap into a new but adjacent market, Silicon Valley digital education start-up Kno said entering the K-12 space, expanding from its college-only focus. It’s first step will be a partnership with major textbook publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which provides nearly half of such content aimed at...
In Major Expansion, Kno Adds K-12 to Digital Education Platform (Video)

Innovative Open Textbook Company Fights Back Against Publishers' Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

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Last year, we wrote about how a bunch of the largest textbook publishing firms had teamed up to sue an innovative open textbook startup called Boundless for copyright infringement. Was Boundless reproducing their books? Nope. Instead it had created alternative textbooks from various open sources -- but those texts mirrored...
Innovative Open Textbook Company Fights Back Against Publishers' Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Knewton launches adaptive-learning SAT Prep Course

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Knewton, an online test prep company that uses adaptive learning to boost scores on standardized tests, announced today the launch of its new SAT prep course. The company already provides prep courses for the GMAT and LSAT, and now hopes to tap the market of high-pressure parents and overachieving high...
Knewton launches adaptive-learning SAT Prep Course

McGraw-Hill sells off education unit for $2.5B

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McGraw-Hill, the longtime education textbook publishing giant, announced Monday that it will sell its education unit to private equity firm Apollo Global Management for $2.5 billion. The news wasn’t surprising as the company said in September 2011 that it planned to split its more profitable financial services division from its...
McGraw-Hill sells off education unit for $2.5B
Top Hat Lands $8M For A Learning Platform That Will Make Teachers Want Phones In Class

Knewton launches adaptive-learning SAT Prep Course

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The potential for adaptive learning technology goes beyond SAT and grad school test prep, and could easily be applied to teaching English grammar, math, and a host of core skill sets in other educational settings. CEO Jose Ferreira says the company is keeping those possibilities on the back burner....
Knewton launches adaptive-learning SAT Prep Course

Macmillan announces DynamicBooks, allows instructors to edit digital textbooks

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Publishing powerhouse Macmillan recently made headlines with its demands for pricing control on e-books sold through Amazon. To recap: Amazon at first dropped Macmillan’s books from its store (including print editions) because the publisher wanted to charge more than $9.99 for Amazon e-books. Amazon later begrudgingly accepted Macmillan’s demands, and...
Macmillan announces DynamicBooks, allows instructors to edit digital textbooks

iPad publisher Inkling expands to iPhone

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iPad publisher Inkling is bringing its textbooks and cookbooks to the iPhone. (The company’s Frommer’s travel guides are already available for iPhone.) The books sync across devices and users can download one chapter at a time so they don’t take up too much space on their phones. Inkling’s interactive ebook...
iPad publisher Inkling expands to iPhone

Textbook replacement service Boundless raises $8M

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Boundless, a service that curates free online content for college students, announced today it has raised $8 million in funding. The service works with Open Educational Resources (OER) to make free content available to students. Instead of offering textbooks, the company wants to make them obsolete by offering study guides...
Textbook replacement service Boundless raises $8M

Apple Has Sold “Hundreds of Thousands” of iPads, WSJ Says

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Apple (AAPL) has sold “hundreds of thousands” of iPads since it began taking pre-orders for the device last Friday, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing “people familiar with the matter.” The story also said that Apple is still working to secure content for the iPad, with just weeks to go...
Apple Has Sold “Hundreds of Thousands” of iPads, WSJ Says

Texas school board searching for "another side" to theory of evolution

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We recently reviewed the documentary The Revisionaries, which chronicles the actions of the Texas state school board as it attempted to rewrite the science and history standards that had been prepared by experts in education and the relevant subjects. For biology, the board's revisions meant that textbook publishers were...
Texas school board searching for "another side" to theory of evolution
Publishers Sue As Boundless Learning Grabs $8M For An Open Alternative To Textbooks

WTF is a SuperColumn? An Intro to the Cassandra Data Model

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For the last month or two the Digg engineering team has spent quite a bit of time looking into, playing with and finally deploying Cassandra in production. It’s been a super fun project to take on – but even before the fun began we had to spend quite a...
WTF is a SuperColumn? An Intro to the Cassandra Data Model

Amid Lawsuits From Publishers, Boundless Pushes Forward With A Free, Open Alternative To Textbooks

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Since it first appeared earlier this year, Boston-based educational startup Boundless has been on a mission to ensure that college students have a free alternative to the pricey and bulky world of physical textbooks. The startup believes that an oligopoly of textbook publishers has been driving up costs for years...
Amid Lawsuits From Publishers, Boundless Pushes Forward With A Free, Open Alternative To Textbooks

In lawsuit with publishers, open textbook startup Boundless hits back

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In its ongoing lawsuit with three of the biggest textbook publishers, open textbook startup Boundless is down, but by no means is it out. Last spring, the Boston-based startup said it had raised $8 million in venture funding just as Pearson, Cengage and Macmillan Higher Education slapped it with a...
In lawsuit with publishers, open textbook startup Boundless hits back

College Students Rejoice! Amazon Now Rents Textbooks, Too (AMZN)

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Everything about college is expensive but when it comes to textbooks the costs are astronomical. Amazon has joined a growing list of online book sellers doing something about it. Amazon will now rent the textbooks and save students up to 70% over the cost of buying them. To rent, students...
College Students Rejoice! Amazon Now Rents Textbooks, Too (AMZN)

Taking on Apple with industrial-strength e-textbooks

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The flaws in Apple's plan to reinvent textbooks become apparent when you see Inkling's From Inkling's website One of the things the tech press missed last month when Apple (AAPL) summoned them -- satellite trucks and all -- to Manhattan's Guggenheim Museum for the unveiling of its new textbook authoring...
Taking on Apple with industrial-strength e-textbooks
Boundless challenges textbook publishers to trial over OER
Texas, where science and history have become ideological battlegrounds
With the iPad Mini & a new iBooks Authors, Apple finally has a chance of revolutionizing the classroom
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