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.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Kindle Editions: Audio and Video added to e-books

In a recent press release, Amazon announced that it will now offer enhanced e-books with video and audio clips called Kindle Editions. The new e-books are available through the Kindle app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPad Touch. These enhanced e-books maintain the same price as most other e-books available through Amazon and there are about a dozen available so far. Some examples of the clips include video cooking instructions and audio recordings of famous speeches, alongside relevant text in their respective books, but they do cause the e-book to take up a substantial amount of space—approximately half of a gigabyte. Interestingly, these enhanced books cannot be used on current Kindle hardware.

In the press release, Dorothy Nicholls, director, Amazon Kindle commented,
“This is just the beginning—we look forward to seeing what authors and publishers create for Kindle customers using the new functionality of the Kindle apps."

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