Publishing

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.

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.

Court rejects many of publishers' arguments on e-reserves

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In landmark ruling, federal judge rejects most arguments made by publishers in suit against Georgia State over e-reserves. But she also imposes some rules that could complicate life for librarians and professors.

Supreme Court will hear case with major implications for textbook prices

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Supreme Court will decide on whether less expensive, foreign-made editions of textbooks can be lawfully sold to thrifty U.S. students.

Major publisher bends under pressure from frustrated scholars

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Scholarly Communications
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As a boycott against its journals gains momentum, a prominent scholarly publisher folds support for anti-open-access bill and offers concessions to angry mathematicians.

U.S. call for advice on publicly funded research reignites open access debates

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White House solicitation about the government's role in making federally funded research available to the public rekindles debate over open access.

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