Textbooks

Textbook prices still crippling students, report says

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Report, citing crippling textbook costs, argues for more use of open-source materials. Publishers dispute the findings.

Textbook prices more transparent but still high

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Publishers, bookstores and professors are complying with federal provisions to make textbook pricing more transparent for students. But prices are still high.

Company to help institutions embrace open educational resources

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Open education advocates launch Lumen Learning, which aims to help institutions replace expensive textbooks with open-source solutions.

Colleges try to beat textbook costs with book reserves

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To lessen the impact of rising textbook costs, three institutions have created programs that allow students to borrow course materials.

OpenStax announces first iPad version of its free, online textbooks

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OpenStax College, an open-access textbook publisher, introduces its first offering through iTunes -- and hopes the $4.99 charge will allow students to benefit from extras and the business model to grow.

CourseSmart announces analytics program to measure student engagement

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The e-textbook consortium CourseSmart has announced an analytics program that will provide data about students' usage of a text, which universities can use to link with outcomes.

Pearson unveils OER search engine

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Publishing giant unveils search engine for open educational resources -- and its own content.

Survey: iPad adoption sluggish but e-textbooks booming

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Apple iPads are gradually catching up to their hype on four-year campuses; e-textbooks make inroads as well.

American Public University enlists faculty to write e-textbooks

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American Public University System taps professors to write e-textbooks. The move could be a cost-saving innovation, but will raise hackles among publishers and some faculty members.

Advocates say public money for open educational resources is smart investment

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Advocates argue that public money for open educational resources is a sound investment.

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