Books and Publishing

Books and Publishing
Aug 19, 2020
Can colleges teach students what they need to know in the 21st century? Derek Bok offers an answer.
Nature sets article processing charge at the equivalent of $11,250 for researchers selecting open-access publishing.
Scott McLemee highlights the considerable number of current and forthcoming books flagged as pertinent to COVID-19 and its impact, or to pandemics more broadly.
Scott McLemee reviews Bookishness: Loving Books in a Digital Age by Jessica Pressman.
Scott McLemee reviews Political Perversion: Rhetorical Aberration in the Time of Trumpeteering by Joshua Gunn.
Scott McLemee reviews Tobias Carroll's Political Sign.
Librarians are quarantining print materials for several days between loans to stop the spread of COVID-19. For students who rely on the library to access textbooks, that’s a problem.
Scott McLemee reviews Adrian Daub's What Tech Calls Thinking: An Inquiry Into the Intellectual Bedrock of Silicon Valley.
University of Michigan Press releases first peer-reviewed rap album from an academic publisher.
Scott McLemee reviews Joan Wallach Scott's On the Judgment of History.
Scott McLemee reviews Bernard-Henri Lévy's The Virus in the Age of Madness.
Women's journal submission rates fell as their caring responsibilities jumped due to COVID-19. Without meaningful interventions, the trend is likely to continue.
Initiatives to raise awareness of open educational resources are working -- with more faculty choosing OER over traditional textbooks, survey finds. Advocates say pandemic and recession are also driving interest.



"The OER Moment" is Inside Higher Ed's new print-on-demand compilation of articles.

This collection of news and opinion articles may be downloaded here, free.

On Tuesday, July 18, Inside Higher Ed's editors presented a free webcast to discuss the themes of the compilation. You may view a recording of the webcast here.

This compendium was made possible in part by the financial support of Cengage.


August 19, 2020

Can colleges teach students what they need to know in the 21st century? Derek Bok offers an answer.

December 4, 2019

Planned pricing changes by academic publisher Cengage have not gone down well with the National Association of College Stores.

November 4, 2019

As major textbook publishers grapple with new strategic directions, alternative providers focused on lower-cost materials seize the opportunity to grow their market share.

September 19, 2019

As California's community colleges implement degree pathways with no textbook costs, what -- if anything -- can be gleaned from their data?

September 18, 2019

Publishers’ sales teams can freely visit professors on many campuses. Steven J. Bell asks, shouldn't academic librarians promoting alternatives have easy access to the faculty, too?

July 30, 2019

Concerned about limited purchasing options and potential price increases, students and consumer groups challenge the proposed merger of two major textbook publishers.

June 13, 2019

State University of New York system strikes deal with Lumen Learning to expand and fill gaps in systemwide platform to deliver open educational resources free to students.

May 2, 2019

Cengage and McGraw-Hill Education will combine to create one giant education publisher focused on digital content. Observers aren’t convinced that’s a good thing for students.

April 29, 2019

Analysis commissioned by advocacy group documents how major companies' business strategies could help them lock up research and learning data that colleges and scholars need.

February 13, 2019

To drive professors’ embrace of open educational resources, college leaders should offer incentives -- a share of the financial savings -- to academic departments, teaching centers and libraries, Chuck Staben suggests.


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