Publishing

Pressing Beyond E-Books

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Technology, encouraging mass production and homogeneity, could appear a natural enemy to those who still celebrate regional idiosyncrasies. And the online bookstore, ideal for marketing e-books to a global audience, might seem to portend short shrift for regionally themed books that are more suited to a smaller, more local market.

Calling the Clicker Vote

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As classroom devices proliferate, institutions look to campuswide adoptions to ease costs for students.

Paying for Rejection

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Elsevier apologizes and gives $10,000 to intelligent design supporter whose article it accepted and then opted not to publish.

Loose Canon

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A graduate student discovers that a 19th-century novelist who has been hailed as an early black female writer was actually white.

Turning Pages: Kathleen Rooney

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We asked university presses to tell us about authors under 40 publishing significant works. Our debut is a 24 year old who studied Oprah.

'Lessons From the Edge'

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Much of traditional academe doesn't know what to make of for-profit higher education. Is it to be emulated or feared? Gary A. Berg, dean of extended education at California State University Channel Islands, studied the sector -- and received extensive access to University of Phoenix administrators and faculty members. The result is Lessons From the Edge: For-Profit and Nontraditional Higher Education in America, recently published as part of the American Council on Education/Praeger Series on Higher Education.

'From Concentration Camp to Campus'

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The internment of Japanese Americans in World War II remains a shameful episode in American history. In From Concentration Camp to Campus: Japanese American Students and World War II (University of Illinois Press), Allan W. Austin focuses on a positive event during the internments. More than 4,000 college students were allowed to leave the camps to enroll in colleges -- provided that the colleges would accept them and were not on the West Coast.

Boycott Against McGraw-Hill

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Can professors nationwide band together to battle the clout of Texas school boards? One professor, fed up with the influence of Texas educators on children's knowledge of sex and science, is trying to find out.

Sean G. Massey, the professor, got angry last fall, as he was reading about the latest skirmishes between textbook publishers and Texas school officials.

3 Historians Win Bancrofts

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Columbia prizes honor works on antebellum Virginia, race and the Supreme Court, and Southern intellectualism.

A New Form of Cheating

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A publisher announces suits over sales of special text guides -- with test answers -- that are available only to professors, but being sold online by students.

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