Archives for digital textbooks

Looking to the Future: Digital Content Use Growing in K-12

For the past eight years, Blackboard has partnered with Project Tomorrow to conduct a nation-wide survey of students, teachers and administrators about the use of technology for education. This survey is a great way for college stores to gauge how the next generation of students are using digital content and technology in their educational experience and how that might impact them when the reach their college years. These students could soon be your customers and, as the survey reveals, expect you to provide the digital learning experience they’ve become accustomed to. Take a look at a summary of the survey results:

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Students Still Prefer Print Textbooks Over Digital

College students still prefer print textbooks over digital textbooks, partially because they can’t resell e-books at the end of a semester, a new study found. Learn more about what students had to say about their textbook preferences and the reasons behind their course material decisions:

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The Future of Digital: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Headed

Our industry has heard about the digital revolution for years but, with adoption rates still relatively low, many are wondering if this major shift will ever come. Check out what Debbie Cottrell of UMHB Bookstore has to say about where digital content is headed:

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Columbus State Community College Promotes Textbook Affordability

In recent years, the rising cost of textbooks has caught the attention of everyone from government agencies to the media. But, college stores have been taking action against the issue for years, ensuring they offer the lowest prices possible to their students. Columbus State Community College, located in Columbus, Ohio, has been at the forefront of the movement, doing all that they can to provide the best value; and they have faculty, students, administration and, of course, bookstore staff members, involved in the effort. Read about their Textbook Affordability initiatives and the creative video they created to promote them:

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Students Prefer Print for Serious Academic Reading

E-reader use is on the rise, and the textbook market is shifting toward customizable digital products. Are students ditching print in favor of electronic alternatives for their academic reading? See what a recent survey has to say.

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Google Enters the E-Textbook Game

At its Android and Chrome event in San Francisco last week, Google announced that it is bringing textbooks to the Google Play store so students will be able to purchase and rent their textbooks for their Android devices and for reading on the web. See how the announcement will affect your store:

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Online-Only Text Sales Requires Careful Prep

MBS regional manager, Kathy Cameron, offers great detail on the process stores follow when looking for a third-party program to support their online textbook sales. Take a look at her advice:

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For Many Students, Print Is Still King

Although the media often stresses that eBooks outnumber print books, this simply is not the case in the realm of higher education. Take a look at some real testimonies on the topic from publishers and professors alike:

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54% of U.S. Kids Have Never Read an e-book: New Report

The following excerpt is from an article written by Laura Hazard Owen, who covers book publishing, paywalls and magazines for GigaOM, and was based on the results of a new report …

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Now E-Textbooks Can Report Back on Students’ Reading Habits

Data mining is creeping into every aspect of student life—classrooms, advising, socializing. Now it’s hitting textbooks, too. CourseSmart, which sells digital versions of textbooks by big publishers, announced a new tool to help professors and others measure students’ engagement with electronic course materials. Learn the details:

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