Since it's been all over the news lately, I thought I'd share a few more updates on the topic of online textbooks:
In addition to Arizona's new digital initiatives
(which Gary blogged about recently), California announced
today that 10 new online math and science texts were now available, as part of a program
created by Gov. Schwarzenegger earlier in the summer. The program invited publishers to submit sample online texts for use in California's schools as a way to cut costs and increase the use of new educational technology. Of course, many are skeptical of the new texts, saying that they don't meet all of the state's standards for math/science education. (My question is, why is the state only inviting traditional
educational publishers to create materials intended for use in new
Outside of state government, NPR reports
that Barnes and Noble is also delving into the future of online texts. The company is spending $600 million to purchase a textbook distribution/college bookstore operation chain (one it actually originally owned), in an effort to use the company's resources, as well as B & N's recently launched eBookstore, to corner to the online textbook market.
Should be interesting to see how this trend develops.