Partnership Results in Development of Interactive Electronic College Textbooks

McGraw-Hill Higher Education has announced an alliance with MetaText, netLibrary’s digital textbook division, to develop electronic versions of its college textbooks. MetaText editions contain all essential components of a textbook, including text, photographs, charts and graphics. These editions organize text into conceptual units, rather than use arbitrary page breaks. The alliance is designed to enhance student learning and to help professors manage their courses. Using the MetaText platform, professors can annotate text and make instantly-viewable class announcements.

McGraw-Hill is now able to make its digital textbooks available through classroom Web sites that have been created with its PageOut course management software. This software is free to professors who use McGraw-Hill materials. Through PageOut, students can view a professor’s instructions and notes, take tests prepared by instructors and directly link to a MetaText e-textbook or other electronic tools, such as McGraw-Hill’s Online Learning Centers, exercises and links to related Web sites.

MetaText will initially convert about 30 McGraw-Hill textbooks, covering a variety of subject areas that include economics, accounting, communications, English, biology and more. McGraw-Hill Education, New York, NY, (212) 512-2000,

This article originally appeared in the 06/01/2001 issue of THE Journal.

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