textbooks

  • Ebook Publisher Inkling Launches Its Own Online Store: An Amazon For Illustrated Learning Content

    Ebook Publisher Inkling Launches Its Own Online Store: An Amazon For Illustrated Learning Content

    Since its launch in 2009, Inkling has been on a mission to reinvent publishing for the mobile, digital era by building engaging, interactive learning content from the ground up for the iPad. Initially focused on higher ed, this year Inkling has been expanding its scope, moving into consumer-facing titles and continuing education, along with making its content available on other platforms, like… Read More

  • SimpleTuition Acquires Textbook Marketplace ValoreBooks To Help College Students Save

    SimpleTuition Acquires Textbook Marketplace ValoreBooks To Help College Students Save

    SimpleTuition, a company that offers online tools, tips and advice to college students to help them save money on education-related expenses, is announcing this morning that is has acquired ValoreBooks, an online textbook marketplace that offers discounts on rentals as well as new and used textbooks. Launched in 2006, SimpleTuition has been on a mission to help students reduce the… Read More

  • Kayak For Textbooks: How BIGWORDS Raised $80M, Went Bankrupt, Then Got Profitable Again

    Kayak For Textbooks: How BIGWORDS Raised $80M, Went Bankrupt, Then Got Profitable Again

    In 1998, seeing an underserved niche in the textbook market, Jeff Sherwood and his three co-founders launched BIGWORDS. By the beginning of 2000, they had grown from a team of four to a team of 250, had a warehouse in Kentucky, raised close to $80 million in outside funding, made a few commercials featuring Tom Green and even had a $100 million acquisition offer from a young Amazon. Although… Read More

  • Amid Lawsuits From Publishers, Boundless Launches A Free, Open Alternative To Textbooks

    Amid Lawsuits From Publishers, Boundless Launches A Free, Open Alternative To Textbooks

    Since it first appeared earlier this year, Boston-based educational startup Boundless has been on a mission to ensure that college students have a free alternative to the pricey and bulky world of physical textbooks. The startup believes that an oligopoly of textbook publishers has been driving up costs for years (as the four top publishers currently control the lion’s share of the… Read More

  • Kno Expands Beyond College, Partners With Houghton Mifflin To Bring Digital Textbooks To K-12

    Kno Expands Beyond College, Partners With Houghton Mifflin To Bring Digital Textbooks To K-12

    Founded in 2009, Kno began its career with ambitious plans to disrupt education with a little mobile hardware — by developing a tablet that was tailor-made for students. Unfortunately, thanks to the meteoric rise of the iPad and, later, Apple’s big re-entry into the textbook arena with iBooks 2, Kno’s hardware efforts didn’t pan out. Beginning early last year, the… Read More

  • Rafter Scoops Up HubEdu To Help It Challenge The Textbook Industry

    Rafter Scoops Up HubEdu To Help It Challenge The Textbook Industry

    Rafter, a new edtech company formed from the rebranding of popular textbook rental service (and Chegg competitor) BookRenter, announced its first-ever strategic acquisition this morning. The lucky acquiree? HubEdu: A young, San Diego-based startup that provides universities with a suite of analytics, tracking and price comparison tools to help them increase their revenue and make course… Read More

  • New Hope For Open Source Textbooks

    New Hope For Open Source Textbooks

    A college textbook can cost a staggering $200. Over four years of study, students can easily spend thousands of dollars on books on top of a hefty tuition. The situation is not much better in public elementary, middle and high schools, where taxpayers pick up the bill. California spends around $100 on every math and science book for its 2 million high school students, for example. But… Read More

  • Nature Publishing Group Officially Launches New Interactive Textbook

    Nature Publishing Group Officially Launches New Interactive Textbook

    Last spring I wrote about Nature Publishing Group’s plan for a $49 electronic textbook packed with interactivity and unlimited content updates for life. The original publication date was scheduled for September 1, 2011, but for a variety of reasons the release was pushed back. Today marks the official launch of “Principles of Biology”. This book is “born… Read More

  • Wait A Second, There Are Only 8 Apple Textbooks Available At Launch

    Wait A Second, There Are Only 8 Apple Textbooks Available At Launch

    Apple is making a play for the textbook market with its launch today of iBooks 2 and the new textbooks within that app. It’s Apple, so they are going to reinvent the textbook industry, right? Well, maybe not today. If you fire up your iPad and update to the latest version of iBooks (Apple’s app for books with its own store separate from iTunes), you can check out all of the… Read More

  • Sea Change: Apple Guts Textbook Publishing

    Sea Change: Apple Guts Textbook Publishing

    The days of the $500 college textbook bills are, it seems, over. With Apple’s announcement of iBooks 2, the world of textbooks is changed forever. Education is a hard nut to crack. There are bright spots and clever new ideas, but technology hasn’t quite figured out how to do a better job than the “old ways.” That’s why Apple’s decision to launch iBooks 2… Read More

  • Would You Like A $49 Electronic College Textbook With Lifetime Updates?

    Nature, the folks who brought you the free life sciences learning community Scitable, are today announcing “Principles of Biology”, a college level electronic textbook. Building upon the cross-platform success of Scitable, the new textbook offers a variety of fully interactive features, including quizzes and assessments, an online gradebook for instructors, and more. Perhaps… Read More