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Publisher reinstates blocked ebooks, but librarians unsatisfied

After scrambling fall courses by withdrawing more than 1,380 ebooks, Wiley now says it will restore access to the course materials. Its short-term solution leaves many librarians unsatisfied.

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Publisher blocks access to ebooks; students, faculty scramble

Wiley withdraws more than 1,300 titles from a large multidisciplinary ebook collection for libraries as fall classes begin, hindering students’ access to affordable learning materials.

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Who'll pay for public access to federally funded research?

The White House painted an incomplete economic picture of its new policy for free, immediate access to research produced with federal grants. Will publishers adapt their business models to comply, or will scholars be on the hook?

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U.S. mandates immediate public access for taxpayer-funded research

White House mandates free, immediate public access to government-funded research. Many open-access advocates celebrate the decision, but some scholars wonder who will fund the policy.

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Illustration of a female figure using bolt cutters to cut a padlock on a large birdcage. Inside the cage is a lightbulb, illustrating the concept of knowledge.

Popular chemistry textbook's new edition will be free

A popular chemistry book's jump from a publishing titan to an OER pioneer could be pivotal for the open access movement. For the author, it's also a fitting tribute to his late son.

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Author explains his book on the problems with college pricing

Author explains his book on “how the complexity of college pricing hurts students and universities.”

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Cover of A Problem of Fit: How the Complexity of College Pricing Hurts Students and Universities, by Phillip B. Levine, a blue book cover with a white price tag outline around the title.

New book argues for narrower definition of academic freedom

In their new book, Michael Bérubé and Jennifer Ruth argue that the First Amendment is not crucial to academic freedom. Instead, they call on faculty to develop the rules.

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Cover of It’s Not Free Speech: Race, Democracy, and the Future of Academic Freedom by Michael Bérubé and Jennifer Ruth. The cover shows a lit match.

'Breaking Ranks' is a new book that attacks 'U.S. News'

New book offers a harsh critique of the rankings industry and its impact on undergraduate colleges and law schools.

How K-12 book bans affect higher education

Some educators fear removing controversial books from the K-12 curriculum will harm student development and critical thinking—and rob them of the cultural capital colleges expect them to possess.

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UC Santa Cruz just the latest college to close its bookstore

Spurred by cost savings and the increasing migration to digital books, many universities are closing brick-and-mortar bookstores.

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