When I saw this Ted Talk by Mike Matas on next generation digital books, my first thought was that this sort of approach needed to be applied to physics textbooks ASAP. Done right, an interactive digital textbook presents a tremendous opportunity for deeper learning and understanding, no matter what the learner’s preferred input mode.
Nature Publishing Group has produced one of the first interactive textbooks with Principles of Biology. It’s touted as having “200 modules of text, images, simulations, interactive exercises, and tests; rich e-book capability including highlighting and annotation, automatic grade book, and continual updates.” The text covers chemistry, genetics, cell biology, animal physiology, plant physiology, and ecology, and the price isn’t half-bad either: $49.
Do you know about other interactive textbook publishers? Drop me a line in the comments.