latest update November 12, 2010

Barnes and Noble: Over a million eBook titles
e-texts download to full size laptop or desktop only because two pages displayed at once
Example: Cell and Molecular Biology: $131.20 hard copy/$72.00eBuy/$60.70 eRent Download to two devices/print 166 pages per 30 da/copy 83 pages per 30 da

BookShare: Free e-books for students w/ documented disabilities that effect learning, reading and comprehension using print materials. Disabilities can include vision, ESL, ELL, ADHD and reading and learning disabilities.

ck-12 (Flexbooks): Collaborative project by teachers to create open-content, web-based textbooks. Free. Large selection of math, science, engineering and technology. Teacher editions available with answer key and assignments. Associated with a number of universities and nonprofit organizations. Some books correlated to state standards including Georgia.

Classic Archives: Free classic books in HTML or PDF format with 1600 titles. Cost seems to be about $3.95 per title.

eBooks: Academic books in a wide range of subjects typically found in print though not traditional textbooks. Origin of Species is $3.99. Literary Fiction section contains over 2500 titles.

Flatworld Knowledge: Limited online texts for English, Humanities, Science and Math. Free online. Fee options include printing yourself ($25), receive a black and white printed copy ($30), a color printed copy ($60) and study aids ($15).

Google Books: A search engine for books and magazines. Literary Collections alone has over 17 million titles. Once a title is selected a list of online publishers is provided for comparing prices and availability. Example: The Scarlet Letter is offered by eleven publishers including Books-a-Million and Amazon. E-price on Books –a-Million is $6.99 and paperback is $18.18.

Hippocampus: A free, public website for high school and college students that offers NROC multimedia correlated to most major textbooks. Video lessons, homework, assessments and study help for many high school courses including AP courses.

Inkling: Textbooks online with homework quizzes, virtual tours and reference tools. Biology and social sciences.

Kinetic Books: Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Physics. Available through CD, web download or web access. Text plus online homework and virtual labs. Price ranges between $25 to $55 per student. Woodward Academy uses the Physics and the teacher says he would not go back to a print text.

Kobo Books: Millions of etitles including books, magazines, newspapers. Hard copy price for best seller id $28.95 and eBook price is one third to half the price of the print version.

ManyBooks: Over 28,000 free titles. Search by author, title, genres and language.

MITOPENCourseware: MIT Highlights for High School has taken material from MIT’s college open courseware curriculum and adapted it for high school teachers and students. Math, Science and Humanities. Labs, videos, lecture notes, resources, teaching and assessment tips. Free

Open Courseware Consortium: Index of about 3,700 courses from collages and universities in seven languages. Free.

Planet eBook: Classic literature for download for free. Titles such as The Great Gatsby, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Wuthering Heights, and David Copperfield.

Planet PDF: Sixty-five free eBooks in pdf format. Titles include A Tale of Two Cities, Andersen’s Fairy Tales, Moby Dick and Paradise Lost.

Project Gutenberg: Free e-books. Over 33,000 titles in a variety of languages and the offering are added daily. Classified using the Library of Congress system such as American and Canadian Literature.

Smarthistory: Incredible, free resource for art history teacher or any teacher that integrates art into their course. Designed to replace a printed textbook, the site has videos, timelines, articles, podcasts and more in a well-organized format.

Things to think about with considering e-course materials:
• E-materials are going to require helping teachers rethink how they teach to some degree. For example, does the classroom have access to a set of laptops? Is the school 1:1? Do students access books on their home computer and the teacher uses a projector if the book is referenced in class? It also might be helpful for teachers to think in terms of materials and resources instead of a “textbook” and its connotations.
• Do all students have a home computer with sufficient processor speed and memory and have Internet access?
• Is it possible for the school to purchase multiple copies and use them for a new set of students from one year to the next?
• Several texts offered online are collaborative works by educators and can be an excellent choice. There is still the possibility of inaccurate or questionable information. This could be a good teachable moment.
• If material is downloaded or on a CD will it work on multi platforms?
• Either because of the features of the device that is accessing the e-material or the design of the material, how easily can a student jump from one section to another or locate a key word?
• Will one license work in multiple locations like home and school? What happens if a student gets a new computer mid year?
• If the material is purchased:
are updates included?
is the license only valid for a specific period of time?