One of the most innovative e-book apps available today, Inkling , has just updated its iPad app, adding new features to make its already-interactive textbooks even more interactive and more social. As I've argued recently , that social element is crucial, particularly in education, as it means that readers no longer need be isolated with just them and their textbooks. Indeed, inside each Inkling textbook now is a study group in which anyone reading the book can participate. The Race to Digitize Textbooks
Inkling , the San Francisco-based maker of interactive iPad textbooks ( see D9 demo video here ), has raised $17 million in Series B funding led by Tenaya Capital and including Jafco Ventures, Pearson Education and Sequoia Capital. Inkling CEO Matt MacInnis, citing IBISWorld data, noted in a recent interview that the U.S. textbook market was worth $16 billion in 2010 — versus $15 billion for “trade books” (fiction, literary non-fiction, everything else). That’s depicted in the chart below. Inkling has 60 employees and hundreds of offshore workers who help format books, which MacInnis said he expects to increase to thousands next year. Today, Inkling’s best sellers are medical textbooks. The company is eagerly anticipating back-to-school season, especially in a year when many colleges and graduate schools are experimenting with student iPads, MacInnis said.
The stage is set for a simpler search for users, but choosing a product is much more complex. By Judy Luther & Maureen C. Kelly Mar 15, 2011 A casual Google search may well be good enough for a daily task. But if you are a college student conducting his or her first search for peer-reviewed content, or an established scholar taking up a new line of inquiry, then the stakes are a lot higher.
Over the past decade or so, the Internet has become a huge source of information and education, especially for those who might be short on time, money or other resources.
Last year Push Pop Press set off to re-imagine the book. We created a new way of publishing and exploring text, images, audio, video and interactive graphics, then teamed up with Melcher Media and Al Gore to create a new kind of book. The result is Al Gore's Our Choice , which was released earlier this year. The response has been incredible.
An “ OER ” is an open education resource and the most common example is an open textbook . An open textbook is a book, most often electronic, that is licensed in a way that allows re-use, repurposing, editing, and republishing. One of the main advantages in an open textbook, apart from the fact that they are free, is that open textbooks can be edited by the instructor. Some “open” textbooks managed by commercial publishers may not be editable at the sentence level.
eResources are online interactive learning experiences that may be part of your coursework. Use on any computer or browser-enabled device connected to the internet Most digital rentals provide access for 12 months In some cases, an eResource includes the complete eTextbook that your instructor has assigned eResources can provide a variety of digital content and tools created just for you, including:
Edward L. Glaeser is an economics professor at Harvard and the author of “ Triumph of the City .” Will electronic connections make cities obsolete? In the giddy early days of e-mail and the Internet, some prophets proclaimed that humans would no longer bother with the inconveniences of density and would instead retreat, in Alvin Toffler’s phrase, to “electronic cottages.”
Change was the theme of this year’s 88th annual National Association of College Stores meeting and Campus Market Expo at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, which ended Tuesday. “If we don’t change, we will not be viable. It needs to be significant change in a significant way,” said Donald “Buz” Moser, executive director of business services for Wake Forest University Stores in Winston-Salem, N.C., at a symposium for campus administrators. Nowhere is change more evident than the NACS’s digital initiative.
After a long and persistent fight advocates of woman suffrage won a victory in the Senate today when that body, by a vote of 56 to 25, adopted the Susan Anthony amendment to the Constitution. The suffrage supporters had two more than the necessary two-thirds vote of Senators present. Had all the Senators known to be in favor of suffrage been present the amendment would have had 66 votes, or two more than a two-thirds vote of the entire Senate. Credit: Library of Congress