Publishing

Startup challenges textbook market by packaging open access materials

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A startup company offers students free alternatives to leading textbooks in key college courses -- taking aim at publishers, who aren't pleased.

Timeliness in mind, Princeton press plans to roll out new book in e-chapters

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In an attempt to be more timely and relevant, Princeton plans to publish early chapters of forthcoming book on 2012 election in electronic form, free.

Court rejects many of publishers' arguments on e-reserves

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In landmark ruling, federal judge rejects most arguments made by publishers in suit against Georgia State over e-reserves. But she also imposes some rules that could complicate life for librarians and professors.

Supreme Court will hear case with major implications for textbook prices

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Supreme Court will decide on whether less expensive, foreign-made editions of textbooks can be lawfully sold to thrifty U.S. students.

Major publisher bends under pressure from frustrated scholars

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Scholarly Communications
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As a boycott against its journals gains momentum, a prominent scholarly publisher folds support for anti-open-access bill and offers concessions to angry mathematicians.

U.S. call for advice on publicly funded research reignites open access debates

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White House solicitation about the government's role in making federally funded research available to the public rekindles debate over open access.

Researchers discover challenges of debating scholarly work on the Web

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Blog-borne debate about a study on the relationship between social media and scholarly communications reaches new levels of meta.

Tech giant unveils iBooks 2, iBook Author, and upgraded iTunes U

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LIVE UPDATES: Officials announce 100 new courses produced with colleges, and plans to make textbooks far more versatile.

Universities look to get discounts on e-textbooks for students

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Universities have started banding together to negotiate favorable contracts with software vendors. With new effort, a group of them aims to exercise similar leverage with publishers on behalf of students.

Daytona State reins in its push toward e-textbooks

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Daytona State reins in a plan to push students and faculty toward electronic textbooks.

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