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Colleges Save Students Cash by Forcing Them to Buy E-Textbooks

We've already heard about how students are clinging to printed textbooks despite many of the advantages provided by e-books. Sales of electronic textbooks are expected to increase in the coming years, but growth may be relatively slow, with optimistic estimates projecting a 15-percent adoption rate by the end of 2012. But a new report from the Chronicle of Higher Education claims that some college...

Printed Textbooks Still Thriving in the Age of The iPad

The iPad and NOOKstudy were supposed to usher in the death of the traditional textbooks. Yet, for all their undeniable advantages (lower price being key amongst them, since a single semester's texts can cost up to $500) students have clung to their bound-paper tomes. But while Google searches have replaced microfiche and Skype has replaced weekly phone calls home to ask for money, the iPad and it...

eBay's Half.com App Scans Bar Codes for Best Textbook Deals

Share With the fall semester around the corner, eBay has launched a mobile app for its discount site Half.com, which scans barcodes to locate the best deals on textbooks and other back-to-school products. According to CNET News, users snap a picture of a barcode (say, that expensive Biology 101 textbook), and the free iPhone app scans it using RedLaser technology, then trolling Half.com's inve...

NOOKstudy Wants to Be the Future of the Classroom: Hands On

When Barnes & Noble announced NOOKstudy a few weeks back, we were cautiously optimistic that it was an early salvo in the war on traditional textbooks. We were "really excited, less about NOOKstudy itself than for the future that it portends." Well, NOOKstudy has hit the Web, and we've given it a good once over. Does it fulfill the hype? Or, does it at least offer a tantalizing glimpse at the...

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,...

Colleges Test Kindle, Go Back to Real Books

Share As any college student can tell you, textbooks are a pain. Filling your bookshelf each semester not only puts a dent in your wallet, but guarantees that you'll be left trying to sell a sleigh full of intro-level books by year's end. College students, then, would seem to be the perfect demographic for Amazon's Kindle reader. As it turns out, though, the Kindle is having a surprisingly tough...

Cutting-Edge Curricula Killing the Textbook

Throw away those old, heavy textbooks, kids. But don't get too excited. There will still be plenty of studying, just in a less back-breaking way. With many school systems crunched for money, there's a move toward digital learning in the classroom. According to The New York Times, classrooms may be devoid of traditional textbooks within the next five years. As previously reported, California is al...

California Moves Toward Online Textbooks

Starting this Fall, California high school students' backpacks will be a little lighter. In an effort to save money, math and science classes will use online textbooks, BBC News reported. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said the move is made for the sake of innovation, but there is no denying the Golden State is facing a budget crisis. According to BBC News, the state is $24.3 billion short of meeti...

Professors Posting Pricey Textbooks on the Web

Those of you who have been out of school for a while may not realize just how expensive college textbooks have become. Truth is, most college students could probably feed themselves fillet mignon for a year with what they pay for textbooks. The costly textbook market is starting to come under pressure from both the academics who author the texts and groups who believe knowledge and information s...