Publishers

Amazon restricts students from bringing certain textbook rentals across state lines

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A new restriction from Amazon prevents students from bringing some of their rented textbooks across state lines.

Princeton grad student takes on the humanities crisis from a decidedly gendered perspective

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Everyone seems to have a theory as to why humanities majors are disappearing. One doctoral student thinks the trend is due to women's widening career paths. His notion is gaining traction.

New book on gender, family and academe shows how kids affect careers in higher education

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A decadelong research initiative out of the University of California at Berkeley culminates in a detailed look at the effects of children on men's and women's academic careers.

Supreme Court Sides Against Textbook Publishers on Resale of Imported Works

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Supreme Court rules against textbook publisher's effort to prevent resale of cheaper imported textbooks.

Open source textbook company shifts tactics in fight with publishers

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Following a lawsuit from major textbook publishers, a Boston company rewrites its "textbook replacement" material and asks judge for breathing room.

Duke proposes a mandatory, short video pitch to accompany dissertations

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Should universities require graduate students to pare down years of research into a soundbite that can be understood by non-scholars?

Another publisher accuses a librarian of libel

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A second librarian's blog becomes the target of a potential lawsuit from a disgruntled publisher.

An academic press sues a librarian, raising issues of academic freedom

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A university librarian finds himself sued for questioning the quality of an academic press.

With HathiTrust ruling, universities' 'fair use' winning streak

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With HathiTrust ruling, 'fair use' advocates in academe continue a legal winning streak that could have historic implications.

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.

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