CAUL Advisory Committees

Textbooks of the Future: will you be buying a product…..or a Service?

http://blogs.worldbank.org/edutech/future-textbooks. While using the subject of eTexts in the school environment, this report points to some very relevant factors to consider in this space: cost is not the issue any more, the complicated ownership of some digital content, dependence on certain devices to access content, what is being purchased is no longer a “free standing product”, but a “time bounded service”, problem of accessing content once contracts have expired, etc.

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