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Experts weigh in on iBooks Textbooks

A number of experts in the publishing and education fields have had the opportunity to weigh in on Apple’s push to revolutionize the textbook (you can read my initial thoughts if you need to get caught up on the announcement). … Read

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First impressions of iBooks Textbooks and iBooks Author: What’s cool and what needs work

On Thursday, Apple unveiled a new initiative to overhaul how textbooks are created and used. With major textbook publishers on board, two new products were introduced: iBooks 2, an updated version of Apple’s ebook reader for the iPad, iPhone, and … Read

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Monday morning links for December 19, 2011

More recent readings worth a few minutes of your time: Don’t be a free user: This is a really nice, short piece from the developer of Pinboard, my favorite online bookmarking service. If you’re one to complain about web services … Read

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How one publisher uses Dropbox for better e-book distribution

I don’t expect that regular customers of Pragmatic Programmers and readers of this blog overlap much. The books in the Pragmatic Programmers’ catalog primarily cater to programmers, so it makes sense that they would lead the way when it comes … Read

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Check out library books to your Kindle (soon)

Big news for Kindle owners: If your local library subscribes to the OverDrive digital content service, you’ll soon be able to check out books to your e-reader. With this change, library patrons will be able to access digital resources on … Read

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The e-book debate: What’s missing, and what’s on the way

Last week I got to listen in on a heated conversation about the push for electronic versions of textbooks in classrooms. The crux: There are insufficient data on the effects of digital text on struggling readers, so states should not … Read

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e-reader news: Kobo, B&N, and Amazon update hardware, prices

It’s been a busy week in the e-reader market, and it’s only Wednesday. As big-time publishing trade show BookExpo America is in full swing, major e-reader manufacturers have taken turns unveiling their latest offerings. Kobo kicked things off on Monday … Read

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Google updates online book reader with search, translate, and dictionary

Google eBooks, a web-based book reader (and store) that debuted last winter, has been updated with a number of features that other, non-web-based readers have had for awhile. Right-clicking a word now pops up a menu with options to define … Read

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Amazon now sells more Kindle books than print books

Big news from Amazon on Thursday: It’s still close, but for the first time sales of Kindle-formatted books have topped those of paper books on the online book selling giant. Amazon also reported that Kindle versions of books outsell their … Read

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Do our brains making reading digital text hard?

A recently-published study reports that electronic versions of textbooks may impede our ability to learn from them. In particular: The digital text also disrupted a technique called cognitive mapping, in which readers used physical cues such as the location on … Read

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