The theme of a recent New Media in Education Conference held at Columbia University was how digital media has reshaped the traditional academic publishing paradigm. I participated in a session entitled ‘New media publishing: Whither the textbook?‘ in which four panelists spoke about their experiences in this area. I spoke about how I use podcasting, blogging, and online courses to teach the public about virology. Paulette Bernd discussed the iPad dissection manual she developed for use in the Gross Anatomy laboratory at the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University. Grant Ackerman detailed the Business School’s integration of iPads in the MBA program and their use of the iBook as an extended learning resource. Mark Newton recounted how the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship partners with Columbia faculty to implement innovative digital tools and publishing platforms for content delivery and preservation.