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Friday, January 2, 2009

Projections and Innovative Ideas Wanted

As 2008 comes to an end and we look forward to 2009, we can’t help but wonder what changes will occur and what innovations will be introduced in the coming months. A comment from one of our readers provides some interesting questions to think about as we enter the new year. Will 2009 be the year a winner is declared in the digital content race? Will the next migration be from print to a next generation Kindle/Sony/iPhone or will it be from laptop to Kindle/Stanza device? Or should we really be concerned with the digitization of the supply chain and the fact that digital content for the e-readers is delivered primarily from the e-reader retailers? Some other questions you might think about include: Where does open source fit in the realm of the textbook’s future? Will the publishing industry follow in the footsteps of the music industry? What role will wikis play in the textbook of the future?

What are your projections for 2009? What ideas or technologies would you like to see reported on more here?

1 comment:

Bob Martinengo said...

I would like 2009 to be the year that the accessibility of textbooks for disabled students firmly enters the mainstream. Even while publishers are struggling to find an electronic format that students will accept in large numbers, students with disabilities must make do with whatever scanned file or publisher-supplied PDF they can get, even if its weeks after class starts. Its about time that these students are given a place at the table. One project to watch is AccessText, which was funded by the largest college textbook publishers to address this problem ( www.accesstext.org ).