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 reports on Matthew Rose’s A World After Liberalism: Philosophers of the Radical Right.
This spring’s offerings from university presses include a bumper crop of books on freedom of expression and its discontents.
Anecdotal and other empirical evidence says women are publishing less than men over all during the pandemic. This study found otherwise.
Scott McLemee reviews Isaac Butler’s The Method: How the Twentieth Century Learned to Act.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced many alumni magazines to cancel print issues and build up their websites instead. Print is coming back, but the enhanced digital offerings are here to stay.
Spurred by cost savings and the increasing migration to digital books, many universities are closing brick-and-mortar bookstores.
Scott McLemee reviews Rebecca R. Falkoff’s Possessed: A Cultural History of Hoarding.
Scott McLemee reviews Carl Erik Fisher’s The Urge: Our History of Addiction.
Scott McLemee highlights more books upcoming in the new year, with a focus on the pandemic.
Scott McLemee reviews Subconsciousness: Automatic Behavior and the Brain by Yves Agid.
Five major textbook publishers band together in a lawsuit accusing e-commerce hub Shopify of enabling digital piracy.
Scott McLemee reviews Jonathan Gottschall’s The Story Paradox: How Our Love of Storytelling Builds Societies and Tears Them Down.



"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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