Up to this point, NSR’s Free Content Alerts column has focused almost exclusively on ebooks. Of course, though, the Internet is an expansive place and offers a seemingly endless variety of choices. Openculture.com attempts to partially fill the gap between ecollections and all the variety of other material that has been brought together across the Web. It describes itself this way: “Open Culture editor Dan Colman scours the web for the best educational media. He finds the free courses and audio books you need, the language lessons & movies you want, and plenty of enlightenment in between. Daily email updates about the site are available as well.” Continue reading Open Culture — A mission to collect the content that is free and [arguably] the ‘best in class’
Each Friday, NSR releases a compilation of news stories related to ebooks, epublishing, elibraries, and digital literacy from around the world. The goal is to help information professionals (of all walks of life) keep up with what is happening in the world of ebooks and econtent beyond the confines of their companies, institutions, countries, and continents.
This is by no means an all-inclusive list of the most important news that occurred this (or any other) week. But it is a curated list, and a way for NSR to not lose sight of the big picture. What shapes the decision-making process involves one or all of the following:
- focus on diversity and giving equal voice to established news sources as well as to blogs run by independent thinkers
- promotion of efforts that support literacy (in all incarnations)
- attention to ebook and literacy initiatives in emerging markets
- strong interest in ideas propelling the industry forward rather than promotions of certain brands
- strong interest in professionals challenging the status quo and leading the way
Enjoy this week’s compilation.
Todd Lawton and Jeff LeBlanc, cofounders of Out of Print, an apparel and gift company that offers T-shirts and totes featuring vintage book covers, have expanded into app development. Launched in April, Litsy is an iOS app that aims to displace Instagram and Twitter as the go-to platform for short-form mobile social media conversations about books.
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There is really no need to recite numerous reports that have come out recently correlating audiobooks with reading success of children and young adults. There is also no need to convince librarians and publishers that listening is learning and that listening is synonymous with literacy. Those who have been on the frontlines know the benefits of audiobooks and listening to the spoken word. Continue reading News Roundup [June 24, 2016]
On Tuesday, May 3rd I recorded a 15 minute segment for the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education on Think TV, the local public television station in Dayton, Ohio.Â My topic was the rise of digital textbooks and options available for students and faculty to access and produce textbooks and learning materials.Â Below is a snapshot of my general comments with links to various sources for more information.
Our current textbook system is broken.Â We have arrived at $200 textbooks and have students who cannot afford them.Â As a result, students try to borrow a textbook from the library or a friend (sometimes the older edition), purchase a used one, or go without.Â Neither of these options provides revenue to the publisher, thus resulting in higher price points in an effort to recover the costs or production.Â Â What can we do about this catch 22? Continue reading Digital Textbooks and Open Educational Resources – Summary of SOCHE Think TV session
The Curriki blog has a nice post highlighting 10 sources for free textbooks online.Â In addition to Curriki’s own site, they link to bookboon, flatworld knowledge, ck 12, open culture, Project Gutenberg, and others.