Replacing textbooks

Liquid Textbooks are the iTunes of academic books


Looking for a more flexible textbook model, professors at several Canadian and American universities are choosing Liquid Textbooks. The electronic course packages, created by Toronto company Symtext, will, like their printed paper counterparts, include material from multiple sources like book chapters and academic articles, but they will also feature options for professors to include other media like podcasts and video.

Professors will also be able to quickly modify the texts to accommodate more up to date material. Most importantly, the liquid model will allow both professors and students to post comments, summaries and questions, to encourage more online interaction for university classrooms. Symtext, which has been selling the product since 2008, estimates that at least 100 professors, and 10,000 students, are now using Liquid Textbooks, which are less expensive than traditional course packs.

One member of Symtext`s board compared the service to iTunes. “Textbook companies have been making a killing for a long time in a business that looks astonishingly like what the old record industry looked like,“he said.

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  1. Re Liquid Texts;

    Ummm, Sorry Teacher/Prof, I will need more time for this assignment/thesis that is due today as my Liquid Textbook “Died” and I could not get it to Recharge or even Boot up…and then it caught Fire!
    Has a much better ring to it than the old and rarely successful excuse of “my DOG Ate it!… no?

  2. I think this is great. Textbooks are extremely costly and constantly changing. I like the idea of going green with this.

    There really is no excuse given the accessibility of computers in today’s university environments. Get it fixed, go to the library, use a friend’s computer, etc.