Tag Archives: ebooks


Searching Multiple Libraries with the Chrome Library Extension

The Chrome Library Extension in action

Several weeks ago, I was reading through my news feeds, and came across an interesting post at LifeHacker. That post described Library Extension, a very useful Chrome extension1 that works with Amazon’s site (reports in the comments section of the LifeHacker post indicate that it works with the Goodreads site, too, though I’ve not tested it).

You can see the extension in action in the screenshot at the top of this post. The extension allows you to add whatever libraries you’d like (they curre…


Amazon: Buy a Print Book, Get an E-Book, Too

As the New York Times “Bits” blog reported last month, the online retailer Amazon is launching a new program called “Kindle MatchBook, [which] lets its customers buy the electronic versions of books they have already purchased in print form for either $2.99, $1.99, $0.99 or free.” If you have purchased a print book from Amazon at any point since 1995, then (assuming the book is eligible for this program) you will be given the option to get the e-book version, too.

Now, this seems like a pretty s…


Open Thread Wednesday: Social Reading

6592260939_880f4a046c_mEarlier this month, Anne Trubek published a piece in The American Prospect that asked readers an important question: “When It Comes to Kindles, Do You ‘Like’ or Unlink?” Her essay argues that the “Popular Highlight” feature of e-readers reconnects us to an “age old” tradition of reading that stretches back to Homeric times. However, she also admits that this tradition, while rekindling a practice that dates back hundreds and hundreds of years, might also be at odds with the contemporary reader w…


What Kind of Textbooks Do You (and Your Students) Want?

We’ve written several different posts over the years about textbooks, both printed and electronic.

Erin wrote about the pros and cons of using a Kindle in the classroom. Natalie shared some observations about students who use their cell phones as their e-readers. Amy experimented with ditching textbooks for a class and updated us on the results. Jason provided some advice about textbook costs and classroom ethos. I asked for some feedback and examples of how ProfHacker readers actually use elect…


When Cell Phones Are the Book: some observations on e-readers

cell phoneOver the past few years, increasing numbers of students in my classes have been using e-readers of different sorts. But this semester marks something of a turning point in that trend, as I’d estimate at least half of my students in each of my two literature courses this semester have been using e-readers. As I’m wrapping up the semester, I thought I’d share a few observations about this trend and its impact in my classroom.

The Classroom Context

First, I should make clear that I’m simply describ…


Make Your Own E-Books with Pandoc

Book bindingAs devices for reading e-books proliferate, it increasingly makes sense to make publications available in an e-book. There are a number of cases in which you might do this:


Building Books for Mobile

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Mobile devices and tablets are at the center of new debates on interactive textbooks and educational applications–and, thanks to the growing interest, there are many options for development tools. As Jason Farman described last week, there are lots of exciting ways to integrate mobile devices and tablets in the classroom. Developing your own mobile resources, or inviting your students to try it, is possible even without coding experience and is a great way to see for yourself the possibilities …


Amazon Announces (Paid) Lending Library

Amazon has just announced the “Kindle Owners’ Lending Library,” whereby “thousands of books” are available to be checked out. There are two catches, however: first, you have to own a Kindle device (software running on a computer or mobile device isn’t enough); and second, you have to have a membership with Amazon Prime, which costs $79 per year. (Amazon Prime membership means that your orders are always delivered faster, and you also have access to a section of Amazon’s video on demand library i…


Amazon’s Cloud Reader

As promised earlier this week, today I’ll introduce you to Amazon’s (other) new service, the Amazon Cloud Reader.  The Cloud Reader was unveiled on August 10, and unlike Kindle.Amazon.com, this service is one that actually has gotten some stage time on the Amazon homepage.  But stage time is about all it has gotten. By this, I mean that while Amazon features the Cloud Reader prominently on its homepage, you actually ge surprisingly little information about it until after you’ve installed it.  A…


Ebooks for Scholarly Work

Book fairRecently, Amazon added page numbers to its Kindle books. Potentially, this move could make the platform more appealing to scholars; ebooks (at least in the view of many) pose a problem when it comes to citation.

Whether or not they’re problematic to cite, ebooks (in a variety of formats) are becoming increasingly common, and are sometimes easier to acquire than paper copies of a book, especially when one needs to acquire the book in a hurry. Even university presses are getting into the act, so…