Textbooks

Open Textbook Meets Community Colleges

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Rice University's open educational resources Web site publishes a popular 2-year college text for anyone to read, reuse or remix -- free.

Next Steps for E-Texts

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With slew of new announcements and partnerships, some publishers, colleges and even bookstores seem poised to offer e-textbooks as a serious alternative for students.

E-Textbooks for All

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A pilot at the University of Texas at Austin will replace printed textbooks with electronic versions for all students in certain classes, free of charge.

Toward an All E-Textbook Campus

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Northwest Missouri State U., which rents books to students, experiments with electronic formats, with ambitions to go digital as publishers do.

E-Textbooks -- for Real This Time?

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For years, some have predicted a shift -- and then not seen it take place. But changes in technology, ventures by publishers and worries over textbook prices might make this the time.

Breakthrough, Bust, or Building Block?

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As Amazon unveils new version of its Kindle reader and underscores implications for electronic textbooks, perceptions vary on whether step is transformative.

Elsevier Won't Pay for Praise

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As if the textbook industry didn't have an image problem already...

Rent, Read and Return

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A growing number of companies are renting textbooks to college students, saying they're an alternative to sky-high price tags.

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.

Textbooks for the Disabled

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Publishers open an online system designed to replace the tedious, costly and lawsuit-ridden process of supplying disabled students with course materials.

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