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, July 17, 2012

Textbook Guru Reviews E-Book Platforms

Jeff Cohen, CEO of CampusBook.com and author of The Textbook Guru blog, decided if he was going to review e-book platforms, he might as well actually buy an e-book and give it a spin. Then, he wrote a series of blogs about the college textbook platforms he tried, with a final post that links to each review.

Cohen went online, bought a textbook, and downloaded it, just as a student would. He also made sure to check out features from each provider in an effort to give readers a true snapshot of how well those features worked for him. He found that each platform he tried had both good and bad features, but that the entire higher education e-book industry has work to do because current models still suffer from “small-scale book-mimicry.”

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