Why e-books will be much bigger than you can imagine (GigaOM)
The e-book business will grow faster than people think. Innovations from Amazon and Apple have increased the velocity at which we consume e-books, but there are two emergent behaviors that will increase the rate of overall consumption.
Om et muligt nyt e-bogsprodukt fra Apple
Apple to Introduce “GarageBand for E-Books” [RUMOR] (Mashable)
Apple is scheduled to host an education-related event on January 19 – shrouded with a veil of mystery, as always. A new report from Ars Technica says the company is about to unveil a set of tools to create interactive e-books.
Will Apple make iMovie for interactive books? (GigaOM)
Since before Apple announced its education-oriented press event taking place this week, there’s been some speculation — including here — that a logical step would be to start selling digital textbooks directly through its iBookstore. It would make sense because Apple needs a way to juice iBook sales, it has a fantastic e-textbook reader in the iPad and because, well, what else would you announce at a small “education” event in New York City, the center of publishing?
Tablets Will Transform the Classroom [OPINION] (Mashable)
Alongside these changes, forward-thinking educators are taking risks by distributing tablets in schools, in the hopes that the glimpses of efficiency we have seen to-date can continue to evolve for the long-term, changing classroom education for the better.
Benjamin Graydon, Blake Urbach-Buholz, and Cheryl Kohen: A Study of Four Textbook Distribution Models
EDUCAUSE Quarterly Magazine, 2011, vol. 34, iss. 4
- In preparation for campus-wide e-text adoption, Daytona State College completed a two-year comparative study of four textbook distribution models: print purchase, print rental, e-text rental, and e-text rental with e-reader device.
- Though faculty and administrators may embrace e-texts, students often prefer to rent printed textbooks.
- Institutions seeking to implement campus-wide e-text adoption should be prepared to address specific concerns, including faculty choice, infrastructure needs, student technological skills, cost savings, and instructional adaptation.