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Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
9/5/2014 9:45:53 AM
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Re: Save a tree
Perhaps it would even save Barnes & Noble's bacon, Terry. 

I can't insert the URL because of the new guidelines here, but I just located online something called CourseSmart, which says it offers e texts to students at 60% off hardback copies and free copies to teachers. There are other Web sites that rent textbooks out. Hmmm- whither the college bookstore?

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
9/3/2014 4:51:36 PM
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Re: Save a tree
Bezos and Apple are probably still smarting from the antitrust/price collusion legal battles they've recently lost.

But your question is a good one. I wonder where Barnes & Noble is, since they're also in the e-reader market and could bust this closed market wide open.

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
9/3/2014 4:34:50 PM
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Re: Save a tree
As I just said to PeterJ, I can't believe that the college-textbook players that be have not yet had a such a shakeout. Especially given their target audience's insatiable demand for new technology. Why isn't Jeff Bezos making a move here? Top busy with the Hachette flap?

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
9/3/2014 4:31:44 PM
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Re: Save a tree
PeterJ, I am shocked it hasn't gone further, given that it's *college kids* we're talking about. You know, the ones who in effect gave rise to Facebook and Napster and texting and so many other disruptive techs. You make me want to go roam around a campus and see who is carrying the 15-pound books I used to lug around, versus who has a sleek little tablet or slate. 

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
9/3/2014 4:27:46 PM
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Re: Save a tree
NewDream, you've reminded me of those moments in class in which we'd *smell* the freshly mimeographed paper off "the ditto machine." It had a wonderful chemical smell, sort of new car-like. 

Can't write on a xerox, <grumble grumble>, but yeah, there is plenty of upside. 

Wisepoints
Wisepoints  
9/2/2014 7:17:05 AM
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Poland and IBM has early bird Advantage
Excellent way to innovate in teaching as this new e-textbooks will bring more interactive and personalised teaching.

This is certainly way forward boon.


School management softwares have been around for more than decade in one or the other form which is like ERP for the schools and now we see more digitisation happening at multiple level to make the teaching more interactive, saving papers.

1. Class Room Level - Notices and Instructions:

Schools started sending e-mails to save on paper consumptions on parent's registered mail IDs. Few cloud based offerings had parent's login to do more.

2. School Level - Payments:

Schools started collecting fee with netbanking, fund transfer rather than cheques and cash.

3. School Level - Notice Boards:

Most of the notices boards seen integrated with school management system for publishing contnet on notice board to save paper as well as few allow option to mail the content to the registered student ID.

4. Class room level - Teaching through Digital Course ware

In India, most of the premium schools started using digital board displaying multi media content, parents review home work done by his son or daughter from office as students are suppose to submit their home work using laptops provided to them in schools but, ofcourse schools books still have it's place).

5.Class room level - Teaching Through Tablets

Tablets for each desk on students to learn, search about the topic before text book teachingby class teachers is also seen in this forum. It's very innovative way.

Now we see IBM packaging the most important part in teaching process - Text Book as Cloud based offering which will sure make their position strong in this space as early mover advantage as well as setup a standard for e-Textbook is important development to open up the growth.

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
9/1/2014 1:33:46 PM
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Re: General significance
Okay, Kim... you can't just lob a comment like "the 'Invisible Device' is on its way" into the mix and skip out! ;->

Are you talking about smartphones, tablets and/or something else? Something embedded subcutaneously? Please tell us more.

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
9/1/2014 1:30:17 PM
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Re: Save a tree
Textbook publishers should not be immune to the forces that have reshaped (leveled?) other sectors of publishing (fiction/nonfiction, magazines, newspapers).

And I think this whole "lack of standards" discussion is just a distraction and creates needless delay. A lack of standards hasn't hurt the larger e-book industry in the least. If students were spending $150+ for a textbook, then drop the money on a Kindle or an iPad and be done with it. The textbook publishing business model as it stands now is no longer sustainable on a variety of levels and there's no compelling reason to continue to offer them this protectionism.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
8/31/2014 7:24:10 PM
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Re: General significance
Absolutely, there is a fine line between access/accessibilty to info. and learning/exposure/stimulus in an interactive environment. What else is happening in an environment to grow learning? I think we should be asking that question.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
8/30/2014 9:36:03 PM
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Re: Save a tree
That's very true, NewDream. It was all done before but in more rudimentary ways. I think the challenge in this era is to preserve/respect ciopyrighted materials but them affordable/more practically delivered.

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