Friday, December 10, 2010

NYU Tries Digital Textbooks

Campus Technology > 04-12-10 > Dian Schaffhauser

In an effort to give students a greater choice in textbook ordering, New York University's four bookstores have been experimenting with the sale of digital textbooks this school year. NYU Bookstores began using CafeScribe's digital book service at the beginning of the school year and expects to begin selling digital books through Jumpbooks next fall. [snip]

[snip] With CafeScribe, no special reader is required to access the digital book, and most titles can be downloaded to up to three computers or devices.

"We expect digital textbook use to grow as fast as the title inventories can," said Phil Christopher, director of the bookstores. [snip]


Digital textbooks offer advantages over hard copy texts in several ways, according to CafeScribe. They're always available even when a traditional textbook isn't. Ebook technology such as that offered by CafeScribe allows the student to read, search, highlight, bookmark, and annotate the pages. CafeScribe also provides an academically based social networking platform that allows faculty and students to create study groups, share notes, and discuss topics with peers in their courses and elsewhere. [snip]



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