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Fashion Week in Images: Tumblr Leads the Way

By distilling Fashion Week into its purest form -- the photo -- Tumblr succeeds in creating a starkly meaningful landscape in which one can really enjoy the aesthetics of the week. No retweets, no "@"s, just streams and streams of images. As a service, Tumblr is embracing its role as the world's best inspiration board, a repository for the bloggers and reporters who capture the lovely digital...

First Free Digital Textbook Hits The Web, But College Still Costs $9,843 Per Minute

The university textbook system is a deplorable legal racket that deprives college students of much-needed money. The books cost hundreds of dollars, return for almost nothing, produce tons of paper waste and rapidly lose relevance because of constant scientific advancement. Various universities and state governments have investigated shifting to minimally priced online and digital books, which --...

Barnes and Noble to Launch NOOKstudy, We Wax Optimistic About Students' Futures

Say what you will about the iPad ("Ugh, I can't video Skype on it!"), or about e-books in general ("Overpriced hooey!"), but, readers, please calm your vitriol for a moment. The real advantage of this hand-held tech is not the fact that you can download your latest Patricia Cornwall novel wirelessly, nor that you can smite some sows with bitchin' birds in full HD. Portable devices like these are,...

MacMillan DynamicBooks Let Profs Edit Textbooks, Open Room for Abuse

Publishers and educational companies are struggling with how to best utilize emerging technologies for addressing the needs of schools while staying relevant in an increasingly post-print world. Macmillan thinks it has a solution in DynamicBooks, a new subsidiary that sells editable, electronic textbooks. DynamicBooks allow professors to customize educational tomes by reordering chapters and...