- 6 years ago


It was only a matter of time until those in centres of higher learning adapted to the changing digital landscape.  And it seems Symtext’s “Liquid Textbook” service is one of the first to step up to the challenge.

Here’s what Symtext is doing:  Led by founder Ian Barker, Symtext is taking content from various online and offline sources (such as textbook chapters, podcasts, videos, photos, web site and blog content) and creating customized e-textbooks.

Using Symtext’s “Liquid Textbook” service, educators pull together “chunks” of digital content to create an e-textbook that is customized, topical and relevant. Symtext works with schools and businesses to provide Liquid Textbooks to their educators. The company also works with publishers to help them identify and manage new digital content sales, leveraging their front and backlist titles. And students receive better course material, while avoiding the “unread chapter tax” inherent in one-size-fits-all print and electronic textbooks.

Ian Barker is the CEO and founder of Symtext:

Like the music and media industries, higher-education textbook publishing – worth $10-billion annually – is being transformed by content digitization.  We have built a digital content system that will revolutionize how courses are created and delivered. It’s a win-win-win for educators, publishers and students.

Symtext was started in 2008 by Ian Barker.  Montreal-based Flow Ventures has recently come on as an investor. Liquid Textbooks are presently being used by institutions such as Queen’s School of Business and Athabasca University.

We would like to thanks Techvibes friend Mark Evans for pointing out this new development for us.