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Debating the Digital Textbook Issue—Again
October 8, 2013 | 5:33 pm

Thanks to Nate at The Digital Reader for sending my way two stories in as many days about the digital textbook issue. In the first, he outlines some reasons behind the 'growing resistance' to digital textbooks, including poor navigation features, inadequate study extras and internet requirements which limit student use. In the second, he profiles a North Carolina school district whose difficulty with the actual devices pre-empted any further use, textbook or otherwise. So, what's going on here? A few things: 1) Most educators don't know squat about IT. Why was that North Carolina school district paying $200 per YEAR for off-brand...

Morning Roundup: The new gatekeepers; Google’s digital textbooks; and more
July 25, 2013 | 8:47 am

Morning RoundupThe New Gatekeepers Are Economists (The Scholarly Kitchen) Today’s gatekeepers are no longer the big media companies (defined as organizations that invest in and distribute content: books, magazines, television, journals, movies) but the huge technology companies that have learned how to profit from others’ content:  Amazon, Google, Apple, Facebook. * * * Fiction eBooks to Overtake Print by 2014 (Good e-Reader) Nielsen is reporting that they have it on good authority that Fiction eBooks will overtake print by 2014. * * * Google Will Sell and Rent Digital Textbooks Starting in August (GigaOM) Google will start selling and renting digital textbooks through the Play store next month,...

Morning Links — E-Reading stories you may have missed
February 8, 2013 | 9:00 am

Blind Date with a Free eBook (Galleycat) Students Still Not Taking to E-Textbooks, New Data Show (Digital Book World) Barnes & Noble's Big Problem — and a Solution (Digital Book World) Why Traditional Publishing Is Really In A 'Golden Age': (NPR) The Most Borrowed Library Books and Authors in UK 2011-2012 (Info Docket) Kindle Daily Deals: Merle's Door by Ted Kerasote (and 3 others)...

The Coming E-Publishing Revolution in Higher Education
November 24, 2012 | 2:30 pm

The Coming ePublishing Revolution in Higher Education by Dr. Frank LowneyBy Dr. Frank Lowney Editor's note: Those of you who read TeleRead regularly are probably well aware of the fact that Dr. Frank Lowney has been a staple in our comments section for quite some time now. Because of those comments, it was quite clear to me, long before I actually knew anything about Dr. Lowney or his work, that he was something of an expert in the academic publishing space. I emailed Dr. Lowney out of blue one day back back in September, asking if he'd be interested in contributing a post to TeleRead about the current state of the textbook market. In his reply, he told me...

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed
November 13, 2012 | 9:16 am

15 Must-Have Collaboration Tools for Journalists (Media Shift) 3M Expands Collaboration with Penguin (Good E-Reader) The Kind of Journalism we Need is Changing but Can Journalists Make the Transition? (GigaOM) Digital Textbook Study Shows Interactive Features Were Used More than Embedded Videos (The Digital Reader) Kindle Daily Deal: Lit by Mary Karr {and} The Elephant's Child by Rudyard Kipling * * * Follow us @TeleRead  Join us on Facebook...

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed
October 23, 2012 | 9:57 am

In Digital Textbook Transition, Device Availability is Just the Beginning (GigaOM) Reclaiming the Lost Publishing Mojo (Scholarly Kitchen) Apple iBooks Launches in Brazil, New Zealand and 16 Other Countries (Good E-Reader) Ebooks Examined at all Angles at Digital Shift Virtual Conference (The Digital Shift) Kindle Daily Deal: To Marry an English Lord by Gail MacColl {&} Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George * * * Follow us on Twitter @TeleRead Join us at

Report says 57.8% of U.S. students prefer digital textbooks
September 18, 2012 | 12:19 pm

Back in mid-June, we posted a press release that introduced you to, a London-based online publisher that offers free open-access textbooks for students. We heard from BookBoon again this morning; apparently the company recently asked roughly 10,000 students about their preferences between digital textbooks and printed textbooks. According to BookBoon, 2,164 respondents were students based in the U.S. Even more interesting: BookBoon transformed the survey's results into a few different blog-friendly infographics; the results of the U.S.-based students responses are illustrated in the graphic below. Directly beneath that is a second infographic that displays the results of the UK-based students who responded...

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