The following issues should be addressed by the Proposer in the response(s) appropriate to the issue:
- Basic needs – read the book, take notes, highlight the books, respond to assignments/problems in the book, and access supplemental materials to the book. At a minimum, the College wishes to replicate the use of the printed text book in an electronic PDF format. The e-text must be accessible in both off-line mode (the e-text can be viewed, highlighted and annotated while not connected to the internet) and on-line mode (accessing the internet or sync the off-line text to on-line and to access all available e-text enhancements via the web).
- Additional feature – transfer notes and highlighting to another student, access to e-text via the College’s LMS, the ability to include College produced materials either within or in addition to the publisher’s text and enhancements.
- Hardware functionality– the College has investigated and met with a number of major hardware manufacturers to include the following basic hardware types:
- E-paper or E-ink devices
- Net books
- Hybrid devices
- Dual E-paper/Net book device
It has been determined that all cost, functionality, compatibility, support and willingness to work with the College and the publisher(s) will be determining factors in hardware adoption once the publisher issues have been resolved via this RFP process.