[Air-L] Electronic Textbooks

Nick Jankowski nickjan at xs4all.nl
Mon Feb 6 02:17:05 PST 2012

As Alex notes, there is much available on ebooks and the titles he provides
reflect the tip of the iceberg. Many others are available in the archive of
the Google Group "Rethinking the Book"; although a by-invitation-only group,
I believe the archive is accessible to all at: 

The issues involved are much more extensive than consideration of a
different platform for distribution, from print to one both electronic and
networked. Access plays a key role in the considerations and various papers
at the Public Knowledge Project Conference held last October in Berlin
address some of the broader issues from the position of open access; see

The following paper discusses an initiative to create interoperable versions
of traditionally prepared scholarly monographs, and some of the examples
shown in the paper may be of interest; see
Enhancing Scholarly Publications: Developing Hybrid Monographs in the
Humanities and Social Sciences (Jankowski, Scharnhorst, Tatum & Tatum, Jan.
2012), http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1982380

Finally, since your topic is statistics, you might be interested in an
online-only, open access volume (one of many, actually) that is available on
the Web, "Online Statistics Education: An interactive multimedia course of
study". See

Nick Jankowski

KNAW eHumanities Group <http://ehumanities.nl/> 
nickjan at xs4all.nl
Enhanced Publications Project


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[mailto:air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org] On Behalf Of Alex Kuskis
Sent: zondag 5 februari 2012 18:54
To: 'Michelle Everson'; air-l at listserv.aoir.org
Subject: Re: [Air-L] Electronic Textbooks

Here are a few, but you'll have to decide what might suit your needs. Sorry,
I don't have time to tinyurl all of them. There's a lot available on this
topic ......Alex

.	Textbook of the Future: The challenges -
.	Digital Textbooks Go Straight From Scientists to Students -
.	Textbooks of Tomorrow - http://tinyurl.com/7p5fps3   
.	Making Science Leap from the Page - http://tinyurl.com/6n4l9uf   
.	Digital textbooks open a new chapter -
.	Continuing Evolutions for E-textbooks & E-books -
.	Textbooks Go the iTunes Route, but Buying by Chapters Might Not Save
Students Money -
.	Gore, Ex-Apple Engineers Team Up to Blow Up the Book -
.	A next-generation digital book (video) - http://bit.ly/mx0GMm  
.	E-Textbooks Get a Lift From Publishers -
.	Why E-Textbooks Just Make Sense - http://tinyurl.com/6v92k62  
.	Apple elbows into textbook market - http://tinyurl.com/7gtuclp  

There's a great deal available on both e-books in general, as well as
e-textbooks. Check the gospel according to Google.

Alex Kuskis, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Communication
MA Program in Communication & Leadership School of Professional Studies
Gonzaga University (via e-learning) http://mcluhangalaxy.wordpress.com/  

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[mailto:air-l-bounces at listserv.aoir.org] On Behalf Of Michelle Everson
Sent: Sunday, February 05, 2012 11:24 AM
To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
Subject: [Air-L] Electronic Textbooks

Hi Everyone,

I know this is a topic that comes up a lot, but I'm ashamed to say I haven't
been as good as I should be in terms of carefully following
discussions about this topic.   I'm now teaching a course that is all about
becoming a teacher of statistics, and my co-instructor and I would like to
discuss alternatives to the traditional textbook.  We were hoping to share
some readings or web material with students that might give them some good
ideas about the issues to consider when adopting electronic textbooks.  Do
you know of particularly good articles we might share with our students, or
any websites or even blogs that might debate the pros and cons of e-books?
 I am also doing my own searching, but if you have particular references you
are fond of, I'd love to hear about them.

Thank you for your time and for any suggestions you might have!


Michelle Everson, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer
Quantitative Methods in Education
Department of Educational Psychology
University of Minnesota
gaddy001 at umn.edu

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