Welcome to The CITE -- a blog on Course materials, Innovation, and Technology in Education, created by Mark Nelson and now part of the Publications Department of the National Association of College Stores. CITE is a pun with multiple meanings - referring to cite as in citation, something people reference; site as in location, website, or place people go to; and sight as in foresight or looking ahead to what is coming. Comments, discussion, feedback and ideas are welcome.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Entourage adds content deals and joins Blackboard Alliance Program

Earlier this month, Entourage, creator of the eDGe dualbook reader, announced that 100 of McGraw-Hill’s top selling textbooks will be available on the device. Since then, Entourage has also partnered with Oxford University Press and John Wiley & Sons. According to the press release, the Oxford University Press deal includes e-book titles and the incorporation of the Oxford American College Dictionary directly into the device’s dictionary application. Entourage has also just announced that it has joined the Blackboard Alliance Program. According to the press release, the library application on the eDGe device will be linked to the Blackboard Learn Content Module to allow for file sharing between students and teachers.

The eDGe made its official debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last week and has received lots of press from the show. A demo of the eDGe at CES is available here. The device will begin shipping next month and the Blackboard software is expected to be released in June.

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