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eBooks changed my life. No, really.

Posted by Leann de Leon on September 22, 2017

Books Changed my Life.jpgRemember the fun of going to the library and picking out books when you were a kid, or spending a relaxing afternoon in browsing your favorite bookstore? I don’t. I’ve been legally blind since birth; my vision cannot be corrected with glasses, contacts, or surgery. As much as I loved printed books, they never really loved me back. Trips to the bookstore and library involved finding the large print section, full of books about aging and a plethora of Danielle Steele novels….and not much else.

Until the advent of eBooks, reading for pleasure was tricky, at best. Reading for school was downright miserable. Sometimes large print textbooks were available, but often they were not. I’d exhaust my eyes and do my best to complete my reading assignments and homework, but learning from print books was a painful, and oftentimes, embarrassing experience. I relied on bulky CCTV magnifiers in library basements and an unhealthy amount of eyestrain to make it through high school and college. Then everything changed.

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VitalSource in South Africa: University Partners and Jaws

Posted by Jeni Evans on July 06, 2017

At VitalSource, we are committed to providing the best in educational technology to students worldwide. This is a commitment I strongly believe in.

Beyond that, as a member of VitalSource’s international team, I have been afforded the opportunity to meet some amazing people in some great places. As I meet our university, publisher and re-seller partners, I am astonished by their stories and the things they do to support students in their countries. As an ongoing feature in the VitalSource Resource, I will be sharing some of their stories and, if you will indulge me, a few tales of my adventures.

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The Right Information at the Right Time

Posted by Daniel Green on May 10, 2017

The next time you say, “I am making the best decision based on the information I have available to me”, you want to know your decision was made with a clear perspective and informed by the bigger picture. Today more than ever, students are presented with an increasing number of tools and study aids, each producing valuable learning data.  As educators look to improve student success through the analysis of this data, the difficulty of gathering and consistently interpreting the data is compounded by the number of tools in play.

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Lover of print? Still no reason not to go digital first

Posted by Chip Price on April 12, 2017

I’m a book lover. I enjoy curling up with a great book and my wife owns and manages a lovely independent bookstore on Boston’s North Shore. I spent the first half of my 40 years in the education industry publishing print textbooks and still have many of them displayed proudly on my shelf at home.    

The world of education is moving inexorably towards digital products. Also of course, publishers are caught in a Catch 22 – they know they need to move to digital, but a substantial amount of revenue still comes in from print.

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Understanding Higher Ed Technology in the UK

Posted by Becky Hartnup on January 09, 2017

At VitalSource®, it is important for us to understand the evolving higher education technology landscape as it relates to teaching and learning. Little data is currently available on the use of technology in higher education in the United Kingdom overall, with most reports being specific to a single university. To address this problem, we commissioned Shift Media to assess the extent to which UK students are open to digital learning - and to measure their satisfaction with institutional eTextbook programmes.

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