Textbook Publisher Claims License on New Edition, Demands Students Return the Paper Textbook

No publisher hates the first sale doctrine more than textbook publishers. Over the years they have tried numerous tricks to stop students from reselling their books, including releasing new editions containing minimal revisions, bundling licensed digital content, and convincing professors to create custom editions. Wolters Kluwer, via their law publisher subsidiary Aspen, has come up… Read More »

Inkling Gives up on Selling Digital Textbooks to Students – Lays Off 25% of Staff

With the failure of Kno and the closure of Coursesmart, the consumer focused digital textbook market has been showing every sign of fizzling, and now Inkling is throwing in the towel. This 5-year-old digital textbook startup has fired 25% of its staff yesterday as it continues to shift its focus from selling to students to… Read More »

Barnes & Noble Launches New e-Textbook App – Yuzu

Barnes & Noble quietly launched the beta version of a new digital textbook app earlier this month. It’s called Yuzu, and it is currently available for the iPad and for web browsers. Yuzu is a digital education platform that Barnes & Noble says is going to “make the everyday learning experience remarkably gratifying”. Few details… Read More »

University of Maryland Now Exploring Open Source Textbook Options

With an annual 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,… Read More »

Amazon’s Brazilian Textbook Deal Heralds a Shift in the Market

Earlier 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,… Read More »