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University of Maryland Now Exploring Open Source Textbook Options

April 7th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · digital textbooks → No Comments

With an annual 1375685165_0026af5223_n[1]growth rate that exceeds housing and healthcare, textbooks are the single fastest growing expense for college students and many universities are looking for a solution.

The University of California and the University of Washington have each started programs to offer their students a catalog of free and freely available open source textbooks, and now the University System of Maryland is following suit.
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Inkling Releases a Digital Textbook App for Android

April 3rd, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Android, digital textbooks, Inkling → No Comments

Inkling inklinghas been selling digital textbooks for so long that it is often easy to forget that this ebook company only offer apps for iPad and iPhone, so I was surprised today to read about Inkling’s new Android app.
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Inkling is Giving up on Digital Textbook Retailing

March 26th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · digital textbooks, Inkling → 9 Comments

When I wrote inklingabout Amazon’s Brazilian digital textbook deal last week I argued that it was a sign of a shift in the market, and today I got another piece of evidence that shows I’m right.

There’s an article over on Fast Company about Inkling, the digital textbook startup. It’s well worth your time, but I especially want to highlight a couple points:
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Amazon’s Brazilian Textbook Deal Heralds a Shift in the Market

March 21st, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Amazon, CourseSmart, digital textbooks, Inkling, Kno → 1 Comment

Earlier 6966883093_5fa64ed49e_m[1]this week Amazon announced a new distribution deal with the Brazilian govt to distribute 200 distribute textbook titles to teachers and students across Brazil.

While this is quite the coup for Amazon, there’s a bigger story here. This deal, along with several other unrelated developments, are all signs that the digital textbook market bubble, in particular the one where textbooks were going to be sold to students, is defunct.
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It Must be Time for Midterms – CourseSmart is Down

February 26th, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · CourseSmart, digital textbooks → 1 Comment

When it 2840195_1c8a95fc6c_m[1]comes to new technology, it’s important to remember that there are always upsides and downsides. For example, with digital textbooks there is the downside of not being able to resell the book and recoup the cost, but there is a corresponding upside.

Thanks to digital textbook provider CourseSmart, we now have a new twist on the “my dog ate my homework” excuse.
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Apple Expands iBooks Digital Textbooks Into 51 Countries

January 21st, 2014 by Nate Hoffelder · Apple, digital textbooks, iBooks, iPad → No Comments

I’ve always ibooks-3[1]said that Apple was more interested in selling hardware than content but if the press release today is any indication then that may be about to change. Apple put out a press release today which touts the expansion of the textbook section of iBooks.
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New Legislation Before Congress Teases Free Digital Textbooks, But It Probably Won’t Have Much Effect

December 3rd, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · digital textbooks → 1 Comment

As I have2044748271_b809bdf62c[1] written numerous times over the past few years the price of college textbooks have risen past ridiculous into the realm of drug-induced, but it looks like a solution may be in sight. But will it help? I’m not so sure.

According to the Huffington Post, a new bill was introduced into Congress last week:
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Kno Sold for $15 Million – Does This Doom the Rest of the Digital Textbook Market?

November 11th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · digital textbooks → 1 Comment

Intel didn’t5604221841_e517274475_m[1] mention how much they paid for digital textbook startup Kno when they announced the acquisition last week but inside sources are now saying that the digital textbook startup was picked up for a song. GigaOm reported earlier today that their sources told them that Kno sold effectively for pennies on the dollar:
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Intel Acquired Kno (for More Than Just Their Digital Textbooks)

November 8th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · digital textbooks → 4 Comments

The hot Kno logoed tech story of the week is something of a shocker.

Looking to boost their academic division, Intel bought digital textbook provider Kno for an unknown sum. An early report from TechCrunch says that the Kno staff will be integrated into Intel’s existing ed tech division – with the exception of the CEO Osman Rashid, who will be leaving the firm.
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There’s Growing Resistance to Digital Textbook Adoption

October 7th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · digital textbooks → 3 Comments

3405811164_d49a982c6e[1]Universities and school districts across the US are adopting digital textbooks in droves, but as students use this latest educational panacea more and more are reporting that it does not live up to the hype.

Many of those who are actually using the textbooks are questioning whether there is any real value to digital textbooks or whether older methods will still work better.
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