When it 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. Continue reading
I've always 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. Continue reading
As I have 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: Continue reading
Intel didn't 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: Continue reading
The hot ed 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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
It looks like CourseSmart may have found their solution to the problem of textbook prices.
This digital textbook distributor has just announced CourseSmart Subscription Packs, a new lower priced option for digital textbook rentals. Continue reading
Boundless is back in the news again this week with a new product launch and a possible resolution to a year old lawsuit. Given that the possible settlement was announced only weeks before the new launch, I don't think they are unrelated. Continue reading
Reuters published an article earlier this week that is worth your attention. The have noticed that textbook publishers are going digital because it kills off the used textbook market. (This comes as little surprise to me; I have been saying that for a couple years now.)
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The digital textbook maker extraordinaire Inkling announced this morning that they've completed a new round of funding. They've picked up another $16 million in capital from Sequoia Capital and other existing investors, including, Felicis Ventures, Tenaya Capital, and JAFCO Technology Partners. Continue reading