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Anyone with kids nearing college age probably draws on their own memories (many of them awful no doubt) of buying large expensive textbooks and then needing to lug them around semester after semester. I’d like to think that college freshmen in the near future will have a much superior textbook experience. Yet, as we enter the second decade of the 21st century, textbooks, for the most part, are like textbooks from the 20th, 19th and even the centuries before that. Even the Kindle doesn’t really provide a truly new and better way to study and learn from textbooks (which are very different than, for example, reading novels or non-fiction books for entertainment). There are a couple of interesting attempts to change the way information is presented to learners. I noted Inkling for the iPad last month, for example.
It is great to learn that textbook publishing giant Houghton Mifflin is funding efforts to try new education innovation projects. And Houghton Mifflin’s CEO has the right attitude in my opinion. Reuters quotes him as saying: Simply transferring traditional physical books to read-only format e-books was an outdated way to look to the future