November 27, 2020

First Meeting of the Open Textbook Network Set to Take Place Next Week

From UMass Amherst: Leaders representing more than 75 colleges and universities across the country will convene on the Twin Cities campus [August 3-5, 2015] to develop strategies for advancing open textbook programs on their campuses. Participants will also gain expertise in helping faculty understand the negative impact high textbook costs can have on students’ academic […]

Video: Harvard’s Jonathan Zittrain Talks About H2O, Adaptable Digital Textbook Project

H2O, Adaptable Digital Textbook Project is a project from the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) with support from the Harvard Library Lab. From the H2O Web Site H2O is a suite of online classroom tools developed and provided by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society in collaboration with the Harvard Law School […]

University of Minnesota Launches Catalog of Peer-Reviewed Open Source Textbooks

From Inside Higher Ed: [The University of] Minnesota launched an online catalog of open-source books last month and will pay its professors $500 each time they post an evaluation of one of those books. (Faculty members elsewhere are welcome to post their own reviews, but they won’t be compensated.) Minnesota professors who have already adopted […]

New Research From BISG: Highlights from "Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education" Report

The full text report is fee-based but here are a few numbers from the news release. The first installment in Volume Two of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG)’s ongoing Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education survey shows that students are rebelling against the rising costs of textbooks in a variety of ways. Some […]

New York University's Student Newspaper Publishes Editorial About e-Textbooks

The editorial is titled, “College students will stick to paper books” and was published by Washington Square News today. From the Editorial: The benefits of these e-Textbooks include the ability to quickly search through large amounts of text, insert marginalia in electronic comment boxes and access hyperlinks. Yet the tactile quality of textbooks, something e-Books […]

E-Book/Textbook Pilot Project Underway at Five U.S. Universities

From The Cavalier Daily (U. of Virginia): “More than 400 University students in eight different courses will use free e-books this semester as part of a pilot program taking place in four other universities across the country.” “The initiative, sponsored by Internet2, McGraw-Hill and the Courseload eText Pilot Trail Pack, aims to provide students with […]

University of Michigan Eyes e-Books as a Way to Lower Soaring Textbook Costs

From AnnArbor.com: The University of Michigan is considering widely embracing electronic textbooks in the coming years. But how cost effective will a move toward the 21st century version of the classic textbook be? U-M librarian Paul Courant estimates that a typical e-book costs between 20 and 30 percent less than its printed counterparts. But he […]

California Senate President Pro Tem Wants Digital Library of Free Textbooks

From the Sacramento Bee: Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg announced today that he will push for legislation to create an online open source library to reduce the cost of course materials for college students across the state. [Clip] Steinberg plans to seek $25 million to create his proposed Open Education Resources system, with some […]

Amazon.com Launches Kindle Textbook Rental Program

From Amazon.com: Today, Amazon.com announced the launch of Kindle Textbook Rental—now students can save up to 80% off textbook list prices by renting from the Kindle Store. Tens of thousands of textbooks are available for the 2011 school year from leading textbook publishers such as John Wiley & Sons, Elsevier and Taylor & Francis. Students […]