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Universities Reshaping Education on the Web
July 17, 2012

As part of a seismic shift in online learning that is reshaping higher education, Coursera, a year-old company founded by two Stanford University computer scientists, will announce on Tuesday that a dozen major research universities are joining the venture. In the fall, Coursera will offer 100 or more free massive open online courses, or MOOCs, that are expected to draw millions of students and adult learners globally. Even before the expansion, Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, the founders of Coursera, said it had registered 680,000 students in 43 courses with its original partners, Michigan, Princeton, Stanford and the University

5 colleges to test bulk purchases of etextbooks to cut costs
January 18, 2012

From the Indiana University press release: As textbooks continue shifting to digital, Internet2, McGraw-Hill and Courseload today announced implementation of an eText Pilot Trial Pack to students and faculty at five universities for the Spring 2012 semester. The five institutions, also Internet2 members, include: University of California, Berkeley; Cornell University; University of Minnesota; University of [...]

Technolog: Kindle Gets 'Heavier' With the More E-Books You Have
October 31, 2011

It seems the leading e-reader — and others — do add weight as they add digital books. A University of California, Berkeley computer science professor says the amount, however is "very small, on the order of an atogram."

A New York Times reader question about "when an e-reader is loaded with thousands of books, does it gain any weight?" resulted in the answer from professor John D. Kubiatowicz.

“In principle, the answer is yes,” he said.

The Fight Over the Future of Digital Books
September 28, 2011

On September 12, 2011, the Authors Guild sued the University of Michigan, the University of California, the University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, and Cornell University over digital copies of books from their vast libraries. Many of these scanned books are no longer in print and of interest only to scholars, but the lawsuit reflects the growing tension between professional authors and the libraries that hold their work.

Authors To Universities: Give Up Your Google Books
September 13, 2011

In a surprise move, authors’ groups slammed their one-time university partners with a lawsuit demanding that the schools’ surrender digital collections and stop working with Google. The lawsuit opens a new phase in the fight over digital libraries and comes the same week that Google’s controversial books settlement is expected to die in court.

The lawsuit is a response to a digital book sharing plan announced last month by a group of prominent schools, including Michigan, Cornell, Duke and the University of California regarding "oprhan books"—books whose authors can't be found.