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New book challenges the idea that professors don't care about teaching

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Research from University of Washington shows professors to be self-critical about and constantly struggling to improve their teaching.

University looks to combat textbook prices through contracts with bookstore vendors

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Southern New Hampshire U. looks to combat high textbook prices by negotiating with bookstore vendors, not content publishers. 

Flat World's shift in gears and what it means for open textbook publishing

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Flat World Knowledge will no longer publish versions of its textbooks at no charge. How big a setback does the company's change represent for the 'open' movement?

New publishing ventures aim to make peer review easier and less painful

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Academic Publishing
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Two online publishing ventures seek to reform peer review without blowing it wide open.

With HathiTrust ruling, universities' 'fair use' winning streak

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With HathiTrust ruling, 'fair use' advocates in academe continue a legal winning streak that could have historic implications.

Publishers and Google end seven-year lawsuit with mysterious agreement

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After seven years of litigation, publishers make peace with Google with sealed agreement, leaving librarians to wonder about implications for research.

Elsevier partners with edX to provide free versions of textbooks to MOOC students

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Academic Publishing
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Elsevier will offer free (but basic) digital versions of one of its textbooks to MOOC students through edX, hoping it will drive traditional sales.

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.

Joyce Carol Oates's new novel, Mudwoman, highlights the struggles of a female university president

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In new novel, acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates depicts the struggles -- both external and psychological -- of a university's first female president.

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