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Does e-reading hinder the learning process?
August 11, 2011 | 8:15 pm

The Kansas City Star is carrying a story by Nicholas Carr warning that e-books may not be as conducive to learning as printed books. Carr points to a pair of studies suggesting that e-books can lead to students paying less attention to the material they read, or being unable to adapt their print reading styles to make efficient use of digital texts. E-books are much more rigid [than print books]. Refreshing text on a screen is a far different, and far less flexible, process than flipping through pages. By necessity, a screen-based, software-powered reading device imposes...

Survey shows most college students hate lugging textbooks more than they like sex
July 28, 2011 | 11:48 am

product4_thumb[1]Kno, the company that had been designing a two-paned e-textbook tablet reader before deciding to get out of the hardware market and concentrate on software for existing tablets, has released a survey that states that American college students hate lugging books around so much that 73% of them would be willing to give up sex if it let them avoid carrying books. (Gee, I didn’t think a Kindle made you look that nerdy.) I find it a little ironic this study came from Kno, since their proposed (and abandoned) textbook reader would have been as heavy as a laptop,...

Lecture note posting harms academic publishing, publishers claim
July 4, 2011 | 11:51 pm

The closure of a half-century-old university bookstore in Ireland is raising questions about the propriety of lecturers posting class notes on-line, the Bookseller reports. The chairman of a UK academic publishing-industry lobby group claims the practice harms academic booksellers. The Bookshop at Queens, at the Queen’s University Belfast, has been in business for 53 years, but has hit tough times and is closing while it is still above water. Tim Smyth, manager of the Queen's bookshop, said the bookseller wanted to close before it "fell below the line". He also blamed internet competition and free...

Digital and Higher Education
May 27, 2011 | 9:42 am

A study sponsored by the Pearson Foundation for Harris Interactive surveyed 1,214 college students and 200 high-school seniors heading to college.  More than two-thirds of them showed overwhelming interest in tablet devices, and believed that tablets would transform higher education. Interestingly, this same pro-tablet group largely did not own tablets: Only 7 percent of college students had a tablet, and only 4 percent of the high school students owned one.  Yet almost half those surveyed believed that digital textbooks would replace print textbooks in colleges within five years. Of those who owned tablets, 73 percent liked digital formats over print; only 32...

Robots retrieve books in new library at University of Chicago
May 26, 2011 | 11:51 am

domelgPublishers are trying to make e-books act more like print books—but some future library concepts are making print books act more like e-books. In particular, the $81 million Joe and Rika Mansueto Library that has just opened at the University of Chicago. SingularityHub’s Peter Murray has a feature on this fascinating library that stores 3.5 million books and journal volumes in a five-story-tall system of bins that only needs one-seventh as much space to house the books as a normal library. The bins are organized by book size, not by category or other classification, and books are retrieved...

UK vote on cuts to higher education to be held Thursday
December 6, 2010 | 2:35 pm

th_9d47f81f.jpgFrom Matt Hayler's 4oh4 Words not Found blog. Matt is a PhD student in the UK and a regular contributor to TeleRead. This is an important issue and as we have a lot of UK readers I reprint Matt's blog post in full. Blockquotes omitted. _______________________ On Thursday the 9th of December 2010 the UK government will be voting on whether they ruin higher education in this country. This is a painful simple truth. The swathe of cuts that are proposed to university teaching budgets, to research budgets, and also to the support of 6th forms and further education...

iTunes U supports EPUB files
November 1, 2010 | 10:48 am

Screen shot 2010-11-01 at 10.47.02 AM.pngGot the following email from Frank Lowney that I thought I should pass on to you: I thought that other Teleread subscribers might be interested in Apple’s not yet widely publicized announcement that the iTunes U service (free to higher education) now supports .epub files which nicely complements the way the iTunes.app supports .epub in RSS feeds. I’ve written two posts to my blog that you may want to draw from should you choose to write this up: Announcement: http://frank-lowney.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-support-for-epub-in-itunes-u.html More Details: http://frank-lowney.blogspot.com/2010/10/more-details-on-itunes-u-support-for.html What is iTunes U? --> http://www.apple.com/education/itunes-u/ For academic types, this is a major development. Of course there is...

Some colleges may force changeover to digital textbooks
October 26, 2010 | 9:15 am

image_thumb[1] The Chronicle of Higher Education has a report by Jeffrey R. Young suggesting that some colleges may begin forcing a switchover to electronic textbooks in order to save students money and reduce piracy. A course-materials fee would be used to pay for the textbooks, rather than students having to go out and buy them themselves. The article suggests leveraging the savings from the absence of printing costs to make bulk purchasing more affordable. It would also eliminate the used book market (which most print publishers hate like anything) and (proponents seem to believe) reduce piracy too. ...

LIU Brooklyn Campus extends iPad program
October 6, 2010 | 9:23 am

images.jpgLIU began issuing iPads to all incomming students this semester and about 3,500 iPads were handed out. Now, the program is being expanded. After a $100K investment in its wireless infrastructure, the University will be issuing iPads to all its students - not for free but at a discount resulting in a $250 price. According to the article in Campus Technology: The university said the program is designed to help students "connect with classmates, faculty members and advisers; organize, store and share files, assignments and presentations; access their academic and financial aid records; download digital books; take notes in class; and conduct...

Notre Dame ereader study
August 28, 2010 | 11:42 am

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Monterey College of Law starts iPad program
August 26, 2010 | 10:19 am

Screen shot 2010-08-26 at 10.18.54 AM.pngFrom Campus Technology: As the centerpiece of a new mobile computing initiative, Monterey College of Law (MCL) in California is distributing Apple iPads to all students enrolled in a supplemental curriculum program that helps them prepare for the state's bar exam. According to information released by the college, all entering first-year students signed up for the program within the first week, as did 70 percent of the remainder of the student body. The college said the impetus for the program, which launched last week, was a perceived need to create studying opportunities outside of the classroom for its students, who, with...

University of Michigan Press starts ebook rental program
August 26, 2010 | 10:11 am

images.jpgFrom the University of Michigan Press blog: The University of Michigan Press announced today that it launched a new ebook rental program for more than 250 of its scholarly titles, allowing students or faculty to rent digital copies of the books at a discount for a month or six months. “The University of Michigan Press is committed to providing our titles in every format people would like to use, and to keeping readers’ costs down wherever possible,” said Karen Hill, Assistant Director and Digital Manager for the Press. “We expect that the lower rental prices will be a special help for students...

iPad Quick Notes: Screen shortage, smuggling, universities
July 25, 2010 | 5:29 pm

LG, one of the companies that makes the LCD touchscreens for the iPad, reported on Thursday that it was having trouble keeping up with Apple’s demand. LG’s CEO, Kwon Young-Soo suggested that Apple might have to delay the launch of its iPad in some countries due to issues of screen supply. Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports that iPad smugglers are doing a land-office business buying iPads in Hong Kong, where it was just introduced, and sneaking them into China to sell at a markup. Even the iPhone, which is carried in China by China Unicom, is briskly...

Further correspondence on the University of California/Nature Publishing Group dispute
June 15, 2010 | 10:50 am

cdl_logo.gifWe previously published an article about U of C's displeasure with the Nature Publishing Group's price increase. Here is some further info for those who are following the issue. From the University of California Digital Library: The Nature Publishing Group has issued a response to a letter to UC faculty describing inflated price increases for the Nature Publishing Group’s (NPG) 67 journals (including Nature) that UC licenses. CDL Executive Director Laine Farley; Richard Schneider, Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery UCSF, and Chair, University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication; and Brian Schottlaender, University Librarian, UC San Diego...

From Inside Higher Ed: The E-book Sector
June 8, 2010 | 9:06 am

This article from Inside Higher Ed describes the progress being made with educational ebooks in the for-profit private institution sector: Online for-profits such as American Public University System and the University of Phoenix have for years strategically steered students toward e-textbooks in an attempt to shave costs and ensure a more reliable delivery method that, in the context of online education, might seem to make more sense. At Kaplan University's law school, digital texts account for around 80 percent of assigned reading. At Capella University, e-textbooks are an available and accepted option in nearly all 1,250 courses. In for-profit higher education,...

Academic e-books change students’ research habits
May 21, 2010 | 11:15 am

logo-jisc-large Caren Milloy, head of research for British digital technology thinktank JISC, has a piece on Research Information about the different ways students are using e-books than they are printed books. E-books are helping turn students into researchers. The convenience of online access allows users to view e-books off campus and throughout the day and night to find information on the move. The user doesn’t immerse themselves continuously as they might in a printed book. Instead they use e-books to find facts quickly – using research type skills to skim and scan the information to extract...

Not so fast: iPads not ‘banned’ from universities after all
April 27, 2010 | 8:15 am

Last week we reported on a story that a number of universities (such as Princeton, Cornell, and George Washington University) were allegedly “banning the iPad” due to problems caused by the way the iPad handles DHCP (part of the system that governs how wifi connections are made or dropped). However, blogger Steve Wildstrom points out that a little basic investigation turns up the fact that this simply isn’t true. Princeton had to block some misbehaving iPads were blocked from its network, but not all of them, nor is it disallowing their use as a whole. ...

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