Students Find E-Textbooks ‘Clumsy’ and Don’t Use Their Interactive Features

Angela Chen, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Aug 22, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Another anti-tech article from the Chronicle (it's like they can't let go of the genre). "Many students find the e-textbooks 'clumsy' and prefer print." But from my perspective, e-books represent the end-point of the document-based culture. The last gasp of the paper metaphor. The way of the future is to see online content as data or as Dave Winer says, streams, or a 'river of news'. Anil Dash captures the idea in a post last week. "tart moving your content management system towards a future where it outputs content to simple APIs, which are consumed by stream-based apps that are either HTML5 in the browser and/or native clients on mobile devices. Insert your advertising into those streams using the same formats and considerations that you use for your own content."

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