Mainstreaming the Etext
Hoffman, David, Internet@Schools
We're exploring the "brave new world of electronic textbooks" in this issue of Internet@SchooL·. All the reports from the ISTE and ALA conferences this past summer suggest that ebooks, ebook readers, ebook subscription models, and ebook implementation concepts in schools are very much on the minds of school administrators, teachers, librarians, and tech coordinators. So this is an opportunity to serve up some useful information.
Victor Rivero's Tools for Learning roundup for the issue comprises an ebook update in which he covers the most recent news, ideas, products and services, and opinions on this hot topic. A follow-up to last year's piece "E Is for Explosion: ?-Readers, Etextbooks, Econtent, Elearning, E-Everything" (July/ August 2010; also available full text online at www.internetatschools.com), this feature highlights multiple solution providers in the area of ebooks, etextbooks, and other digital content for academic use. Victor revisits some providers he touched on last year, but he has also added to the list. See "Tools for Learning: An Ebook Update- The Latest Sources, Resources, and Options" (p. 14).
We also feature a comprehensive case study of how electronic library resources- ebooks, databases, and more- have been successfully pressed into service in place of print-based textbooks at a Michigan high school. …