South African university to launch new ebook pilot program

From the announcement:

The University of Stellenbosch Business School and the popular South African online retailer launched an electronic book (eBooks) pilot project to determine the usability of ereader software in the learning process.

According to Prof John Powell, director of the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), the school's objective for this project is to determine the usability of ereader software (eBooks) in the learning process.

"We appreciate that eBooks are becoming a viable alternative for consuming content. In the absence of credible research to determine the consumption of eBooks in an academic environment, and clear indications of the impact on student learning, we initiated the project together with"

According to John Jacobs, new business manager for eBooks, "the shared objectives of this project are to understand the consumption of digital content in an academic environment, so that we are able to respond to the challenges and leverage the opportunities." is developing its own eBook reader software which will allow people to read digital content, such as magazines or academic textbooks, on any device such as computers, hand-held ereaders or smartphones.

Did you catch the part where they said they were focusing on software, not hardware? They learned something from last year's failed Kindle pilots.

via Marklives!com

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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