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DynamicBooks to Offer College Open Textbooks
DynamicBooks and College Open Textbooks announced an agreement by which College Open Textbooks will facilitate identifying high quality, peer reviewed open textbook titles to be offered on the DynamicBooks online interactive textbook platform. The DynamicBooks platform enables instructors to customize and personalize textbooks that are delivered to the instructor's students using an advanced reader and annotation tool that can be used from most computing devices.
Twenty-seven open textbooks from varied disciplines, including history, science, business, and mathematics, will be available beginning in January 2011 with more titles planned throughout 2011. Students will pay a $20 per term fee that enables them to highlight, annotate, search, print page-by-page, and easily navigate through their customized DynamicBooks.
Using the DynamicBooks editing tool, instructors can revise content, add or delete chapters or sections, and include audio, video, and course notes to make the textbooks more current and more relevant for their students. Students can access DynamicBooks online, download the books to their computers, and print up to ten pages at a time. Printed, bound versions are also available for student purchase. Instead of copyright, all rights reserved, these textbooks are copyrighted with Creative Commons, GFDL (GNU Free Documentation License), and customized open licenses that mean the textbooks can be freely shared and modified.
The Community College Open Textbooks Collaborative (College Open Textbooks) is funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. This collection of 15 educational nonprofit and for-profit organizations, affiliated with more than 200 colleges, is focused on driving awareness and adoptions of open textbooks to more than 2,000 community and other 2-year colleges.
Students can access DynamicBooks using BookShelf from Vital Source Technologies, an Ingram Content Group company. DynamicBooks, which was announced in February 2010, is a subsidiary of Macmillan.
Source: DynamicBooks and College Open Textbooks
Paula J. Hane
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