Tech Tips Newsletter - E-Books

Editor: Karen Franker
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Top Trends in Teaching and Training with E-Books

Explore the latest resources and innovations to effectively select, create, and publish digital e-books to enhance learning.

Current and Future States of the Publishing Industry, Part 3: Multimedia Interactivity with Book
Andrew Doty speculates on the power of interactive e-books. What happens when you take the “Choose Your Own Adventure” model of reader-guided storytelling and apply it to electronic book design for adults?

Creating eBooks 
Sevhan Acar Hammudeh and Denise Mcqueen Ozdeniz describe the iPad apps and Websites which they have successfully used with students to create e-books including: Creative Book Builder, Scribble Press, and ePub Bud.

Modern Classroom Learning: Creating and Publishing Collaborative eBooks 
Karin Schreier Hallett describes the process she used with her fifth-graders in creating e-books with the BookCreator app on the iPad. 

Digital Textbooks: Show Me the Future! 
Victor Rovero provides a comprehensive list of links to 27 leading e-book publishers as well as a listing of the most popular e-reader devices.

Use of e-Textbooks is Underway at UW-Stout and Expected to Grow 
In UW-Stout’s pilot e-textbook project with 1,500 students in 40 undergraduate and graduate courses students were positive about the following features of e-textbooks: searchability, customization by instructor, and portability.

Understanding What Higher Education Needs from E-Textbooks (PDF) 
Susan Grajek presents the findings and recommendations of the 2013 Educause pilot study on using digital textbooks including: cost, faculty development, IT support, and usability.

The Price is Right: 11 Excellent Sites for Free Digital Textbooks 
Dian Schaffhauser provides an excellent list of higher ed textbooks which are available for free on various Websites on topics such as: accounting, engineering, biology, psychology, and sociology.

Inkling’s E-Books Put the Consumer in Charge 
Taylor Kasti describes Inkling Habitat, digital publishing software which enables the collaborative creation of e-books on Apple devices via a unique interactive card model.

Tech Tip: Add Soundtracks to Your E-Books and How to Format eBooks in Microsoft Word

Dianna Dilworth explains how to use the new Booktrack app to add music and sound effects to e-books.

David Weedmark describes formatting tips to use when creating e-books in Microsoft Word.