Textbooks

Initiative seeks to create ebook sales model that works for university presses and libraries

Seeking sustainable new revenue streams, 16 major university presses have partnered with a for-profit publishing house to sell digital versions of their annual front-list collections.

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Publisher Pearson tries to tackle systemic racism in higher ed

New guidelines from textbook publisher Pearson aim to dismantle systemic racism in higher ed. Do they go far enough?

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Survey suggests challenges for open textbooks ahead

Awareness and adoption of open educational resources continue to grow, a new report suggests. But the movement could be overshadowed by publisher initiatives like inclusive access.

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Free law textbooks raise questions about OER

Legal scholars are increasingly adopting and creating free textbooks in an attempt to increase affordability for students. But are these textbooks considered open educational resources?

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College bookstores group opposes Cengage-McGraw merger

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

Academic librarians should have same access to professors that textbook reps do (opinion)

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?

Cengage and McGraw-Hill merger faces growing opposition

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

Cengage and McGraw-Hill merge

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.

In switch to digital-first products, publishers are signing fewer textbook authors

Leading academic publishers are signing fewer textbook authors and instead channeling investments into digital courseware.

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Courseware platform seeks a middle ground between publishers and OER

Top Hat strives to get professors to create their own textbooks and make them available free or for sale on its platform. Should traditional textbook publishers be concerned?

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