Books and Publishing

Books and Publishing
Mar 18, 2021
As COVID-19 forced professors to embrace digital texts, they were likelier to know about -- but not to use -- free, openly licensed materials. Progress was greatest at colleges that promoted OER, especially minority-serving ones.
Scott McLemee reviews Tom Lutz's Aimlessness.
Scott McLemee reviews From Here to There: The Art and Science of Finding and Losing Our Way by Michael Bond.
National University of Singapore Press refused to publish a book critical of Thailand.
Springer is investigating the allegations.
Scott McLemee reviews Crap: A History of Cheap Stuff in America by Wendy A. Woloson.
Lindsay Waters delves into the multiple reasons he'll miss having the opportunity to attend the Modern Language Association's convention in person this year and reflects on its past impact.
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.



"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.


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.

November 14, 2018

Free, accessible curricular materials may have many benefits for students. But the research conducted so far hasn't delivered the required proof yet, Regan Gurung writes.

August 28, 2018

An online textbook priced at almost $1,000 has infuriated students trying to navigate an already confusing textbook marketplace, but Louisiana-Lafayette officials insist they had "good intentions."

June 20, 2018

The runaway cost of instructional materials is a worry, but it's not even close to the biggest problem for students, writes Jason Katzman.

May 2, 2018

Indiana University wants other institutions to absorb insights gleaned from its fast-growing digital textbook initiative.

May 1, 2018

In a bid to gain market share, publishers have slashed the cost of digital textbooks.

February 28, 2018

Author discusses new book on how technology is changing K-12 education, and the lessons of schools' experiences for higher education.


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