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Challenge to the Kindle

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In theory, move to digital textbooks will help the visually impaired. But advocates say college experiments violate law because digital readers aren't accessible to the blind.

'An Academic Revolution'

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At the 2009 World Conference on Higher Education, the second such gathering convened by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (the first was in 1998), panelists on Monday discussed the implications of global trends in higher education before ceding the floor for a four-hour roundtable discussion on higher education in Africa, specifically.

A Gripe Session at Blackboard

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At annual users conference, a "listening session" features more complaints than executives had time for. Customer service faulted by many.

Blackboard Loses on Appeal

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Federal Circuit panel invalidates course management giant's patent claims, handing major victory to competitor Desire2Learn.

The Equal Opportunity Library

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Google's mammoth book digitization project means access to knowledge for minorities and the underrepresented, scholars and activists said Wednesday.

Online Learning, at a Pace

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A new Web site licensed by Harvard says it can teach students almost anything -- one e-mail at a time.

Textbook Bonanza

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News abounds about bookstores and other providers (on ground and virtual): reunification at Barnes & Noble, infusion for Academos, expansion for free textbook initiative.

Life in a Google Book Search World

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Months after Google reached a settlement with copyright holders, concerns remain about the impact its Book Search will have on libraries and potential competitors.

Adding Currency to JSTOR

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In collaboration with U. of California Press, digital archive plans to expand to include new issues, promising expanded reach and better technology for publishers and ease of access for libraries.

Where Phones in Class Are OK

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New courses about iPhone-application development teach students how to program and design -- and, if they're lucky, make money.

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