By Steve Rhine
Textbook publishers should be very afraid
The power of the Internet to create decentralization has reached their shores.
In the brick and mortar world, the power was held in the hands of those who could manage the creation of content and distribute it to potential users. In the music business, Sony, BMI, and the like, funded artists going into recording studios to make tapes that were pressed into vinyl and then CD’s. Those records were shipped out to Wherehouse, Tower Records, and Sam Goody stores to get them to the public. The music industry then used their network to ply radio DJ’s across the country to air songs in order to create demand. Continue reading
By Michael Geraci
By Gavin Brown
A backpack filled to the zipper with heavy textbooks is a back breaker to many students in elementary and secondary schools. Such books include the several hundred page biology book, or the history book that is out of date even though it’s only four years old, and the mathematics book that is only used once in a while. While the textbooks are heavy for students, they are also very expensive for school districts and state education departments. For example, the state of California is currently spending somewhere around $400 million on textbooks in the K-12 system.  Those backpacks that bust open with huge books hanging out can be a thing of the past. Several states across the U.S. are working with different organizations that utilize the Internet and eBooks in educational institutions. Instead of heavy, expensive and outdated textbooks, states around the country are trying to maneuver their school districts to use free eBooks.