Another E-Reader, This One Aimed at Open-Source Textbook Market

July 27, 2011

Students might still prefer their textbooks in print, but that has not stopped the online bookstore operator Akademos, Inc., from building its very own e-reader with an academic audience in mind. The Akademos e-reader, which the company announced on Tuesday, "allows students to create notes, highlight, annotate, and collaborate with fellow students," according to a press release. Additionally, it has struck a partnership with Flat World Knowledge, a textbook publisher that straddles the print-digital divide by offering customers the option of buying its textbooks in print or downloading the PDF versions for free. Through the partnership the free electronic versions of the Flat World titles would be available on the Akademos e-reader. But like Flat World, Akademos is hedging against the stalled uptake of e-books on college campuses: "Students who would also like a print copy of the text," the company wrote in its release, "can easily order one directly through the eReader itself."

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