OpenStax Is Making Quality Textbooks for Students, and They’re Not Charging a Cent


In the textbook publishing world, the adoption cycle works as follows: big textbook companies try to convince professors to adopt their textbooks for the courses they teach. Once adopted, students must purchase said textbooks, which cost, on average, around $175. Continue reading

Recap: Monday’s “Technapex Pre-Conference Edtech Mixer”

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We’re thrilled to share that our pre-SXSWedu conference mixer and panel here in San Francisco was a big success! First, we’d like to extend our thanks to our moderator, panelists, and attendees who came out to Parisoma on Monday and Continue reading

Guest Post: The State of Interactive Textbooks

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Today’s guest post is by Alia Gray. Alia is an Associate at TriplePoint PR. She graduated from California State University, Chico in May 2012 with a degree in journalism and public relations. She discusses the changes occurring in textbook publishing Continue reading

Guest Post: Technology in the Classroom – Where Is Our Future Headed?

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Today’s guest post is by Brian Burton, a children’s book enthusiast and online publisher for He discusses the future of education technology and digital learning in the classroom. Brian writes on the topics of reading and parenting. In the Continue reading

Pearson, Microsoft, and Barnes & Noble Join Forces to Form an “Online Education Dream Team”

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Last week, Pearson, Microsoft, and Barnes & Noble announced a partnership that, according to the Wall Street cialis generic online Journal, have analysts saying the three companies are poised to become an “online education dream team.” Pearson will invest $89.5 Continue reading

Top 10 Technapex Posts of 2012


There have been plenty of changes to education in 2012. We experienced the Year of the MOOC; companies strove to make textbooks both free and digital; blended learning and gaming in education were more popular than ever; Sal Khan became Continue reading

Giving Thanks, Even for the State of Education

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When you look at the current issues facing education in the United States — whether as a teacher, student, parent, or lifelong learner — it’s easy to become discouraged by the state of things. If you follow the news you Continue reading

Another Hackathon – But This One’s for Textbooks

Boundless hackathon

If you thought hackathons were just for coders, you thought wrong. Last week, edtech startup Boundless, whom we profiled back in September, hosted a hackathon — but for writing textbooks instead of code. The company, who works to provide free, Continue reading

The Open Textbook Challenge [Infographic]

The Open TextBook Challenge

With the cost of college textbooks as high as they are, students are struggling more than ever to make ends meet. The edtech world is finally starting to take notice: companies and edtech leaders are working to create resources for Continue reading

Oyster, the Spotify of Books, Raises $3 Million


There’s been much debate over textbooks recently — should we throw out all traditional textbooks in favor of digital? — and it appears the pendulum is swinging once again towards digital. New York City-based startup Oyster is on a  mission to Continue reading