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In the 'era of the $400 college textbook,' affordability initiatives take a utilitarian approach

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Even as free and low-cost textbook initiatives grow, most efforts are still focused on introductory courses. Options are far more limited in upper-level courses, where a single textbook can now cost $400.

Academic, library and technology groups criticize new Elsevier sharing and hosting policy

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A coalition of academic, library and technology associations criticizes Elsevier's new sharing and hosting policy, saying it undermines open-access initiatives.

Paris attacks reignite debate over university presses' commitment to free speech.

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Terrorist attacks in Paris have resurrected a free speech battle between a scholar and Yale U. Press, which removed cartoons about Muhammad from her book.

Rethinking the library proves a divisive topic at many liberal arts institutions

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Library directors at liberal arts institutions are losing their jobs as they clash with faculty and administrators over the future of the academic library.

Psychology group objects to book's portrayal of its role in post-9/11 torture

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The American Psychological Association objects to a new book's portrayal of its role in government-sponsored enhanced interrogation practices in post-9/11 years.

George Washington U. clarifies 'no alternative textbook vendor' guidelines

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George Washington U. backs away from telling faculty members they can't show students where to find less expensive versions of their textbooks.

Amazon expands on-campus program with Purdue U. partnership

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Amazon aims to become the de facto bookstore at Purdue University, and the retailer has more university partnerships in the works.

Study finds that students themselves, not professors, lead some to become more liberal in college

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Study finds that the more students engage with faculty members and academics, the more their political views moderate. Student activities are what appear to encourage those already leaning left or right to tilt further.

HighWire Press, after 19 years with Stanford U., spins off

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After 19 years as an auxiliary of the Stanford University Libraries, the technology company HighWire Press spins off.

New book finds 'unlikely traits' that explain success of various groups

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Husband-and-wife professors at Yale law school (she gave us the "Tiger Mother" debate) publish book about why some racial and ethnic groups are more successful than others. And no, it's not because they value education.

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