Online Store Kno Sues Publisher for Pulling Its Digital Textbooks [EXCLUSIVE]

Publishing giant Cengage Learning wants to stop selling its titles through digital textbook seller Kno, and Kno — which counts on Cengage material for about a quarter of its sales — is suing for breech of a license agreement. The scuffle between the two companies illustrates a vulnerability in businesses like Kno that convert paper textbooks to digital textbooks on behalf of third-party publishers. Read more »

Inkling Takes on Apple iBooks With a New Tool for Publishers

Talk with any digital textbook publisher and they’ll tell you why their competitor Inkling won’t cut it: The startup’s interactive digital books are pretty, sure, but it has only pumped out about 100 of them in three years. It turns out, however, that Inkling was never much interested in making books. Read more »

Apple iBooks Author App Lets You Make Your Own Books, for Free

Apple announced a new iBooks Author App on Thursday that makes creating an Apple ebook a drag-and-drop process. Using the app, which was announced at the same time as a new textbook experience for iPad , users can drag a Word file into a book creation space. The app automatically determines the best way to lay out the book and creates appropriate sections and headers. Read more »

Textbook Makers: We’re Not Afraid of Apple’s Education Announcement

Apple is set to make an announcement regarding education on Thursday, and it will likely involve electronic textbooks . The latest rumor claims the company will unveil a “ GarageBand ” for books that puts tools for creating interactive digital textbooks into the hands of anyone with an Apple device. Read more »