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In case you did not know, O’Reilly Media’s annual Tools of Change for Publishing 2012 started today with a series of workshops in New York City. If you have never been to Tools of Change or TOC, it is like Christmas and New Year’s Eve in one three-day stretch for people working in digital publishing, complete with free gifts from O’Reilly and others, and the post-event hangover due to being bombarded with so much new information and meeting so many friends and colleagues. Readium logo The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) , the group responsible for the ePUB specification chose the launch of TOC today to announce their new ePUB 3.o reader Readium , a “a new open source initiative to develop a comprehensive reference implementation of the IDPF EPUB® 3 standard.”
Ebook Ecosystem 2016: State of the Art, Five Years On
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How do you make a digital textbook more than just a glorified PDF on a tablet? Kno , the tablet textbook company started by Chegg co-founder Osman Rashid, is rolling out a variety of features to try to bring textbooks to life, including Facebook integration, automated quizes, an activity stream of notes.
When it abandoned its plans to build a student-focused tablet earlier this year, Kno said it was pivoting from hardware to software in order to focus on digital textbooks. The first version of the Kno iPad app was released at the beginning of the summer, and while it boasted an impressive catalog of e-textbooks (now with some 100,000 titles), there wasn't really much about the app itself that set it apart from its competitors (apps like CourseSmart , for example). But with the launch of several new products today, Kno looks a lot more like a player -- and an innovator, even -- in the digital textbook space.
CourseSmart Launches HTML5-Based Reader for Etextbooks CourseSmart announced the beta launch of its newest reader platform providing users with online, offline, anything, anywhere access to their eTextbooks.
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
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-37978" title="scribd_reader" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/business/2011/07/scribd_reader.jpg" alt="" width="660" height="325" /> “Reading for pleasure is an extraordinary activity,” psychologist Victor Nell once wrote. “The black squiggles on the white page are still as the grave, colorless as the moonlit desert; but they give the skilled reader a pleasure as acute as the touch of a loved body….” <img class="alignright size-full wp-image-38010" title="scribd_reader1" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/business/2011/07/scribd_reader1.jpg" alt="" width="283" height="425" /> Scribd’s new reading product, Float, is not as epochal as the printed book.
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We all thought stand-alone e-readers were going to get wiped out by the iPad, but they're still here -- and there are still a slew of reasons to recommend them.
The Future of Education: Textbooks vs. eBooks
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By Nate Hoffelder on June 14, 2011 9:59 AM The Commonwealth of Virginia has been running a tablet and eReader classroom study since 2009, and after 18 months of study it has released a report . Students and teachers in two elementary schools (4th and 5th grade) and three high schools in the Commonwealth participated in the study. This isn’t a final report; it’s merely a summary of progress. The findings so far include: Interactive e-books increased student engagement