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Supreme Court rules importation of textbooks legal under First Sale doctrine
March 19, 2013 | 7:35 pm

Remember the Supreme Court case about the Thai exchange student who bulk imported cheap overseas copies of textbooks and resold them in the U.S. (making over $1 million in sales) to finance his doctorate? The judges handed down a decision today. By a six to three majority, they found that the student’s importation and resale was legal under the Fair Use Doctrine. Just because the books were printed overseas did not exempt them from the right of First Sale, which means that people who buy them can resell them as they please. Ars Technica has more details on the decision. Essentially,...

For more free textbooks, look at iTunes U
March 11, 2013 | 9:48 pm

free textbooksBy Dr. Frank Lowney This past weekend, Dr. Frank Lowney, an occasional TeleRead contributor, brought to our attention an online archive of free, Creative Commons licensed university textbooks known as the Flatworld Knowledge Book Archive. We heard from Dr. Lowney again yesterday; he told us that "another, larger source of free e-textbooks can actually be found on iTunes U. But that story, he said, is a bit more complicated." His explanation follows: Educational providers, such as institutions of higher education, can get a public iTunes U site from Apple at zero cost. Those public sites contain both "collections" and "courses." A collection can...

A legitimate archive of free textbooks
March 9, 2013 | 4:19 pm

free textbooks I received an email earlier this week from Dr. Frank Lowney, an occasional TeleRead contributor, and the author of The Coming ePublishing Revolution in Higher Education. Dr. Lowney, who is professionally affiliated with Georgia College & State University, most definitely knows his stuff when it comes to college textbooks, and higher education in general. That's important to point out, because in his email, Dr. Lowney brought to my attention a fantastic online archive of entirely free, Creative Commons licensed textbooks. (That is to say, a completely legit archive.) And while I am familiar with the company that originally created the archive--they're known...

What’s Happening to College Bookstores?
February 27, 2013 | 10:56 pm

college bookstoresBy Dr. Frank Lowney I recently traveled to Kansas City, Mo., to attend the annual convention put on by the National Association of College Stores (NACS), and to participate in a panel discussion on the impact of emerging technologies upon the textbook business. The CAMpus market EXpo, or CAMEX, is billed as the “largest annual tradeshow and educational event in the collegiate retailing industry.” NACS represents nearly all U.S. college stores, but CAMEX is attended primarily by people who run campus-owned stores. Half of all college stores are campus-owned; the other half are outsourced operations such as eFollett. The experience firmed-up many of...

App Review: Nota
February 22, 2013 | 11:00 am

With tablets becoming part of the classroom, new apps regularly arrive on the market to aid educators. One of the newest releases for Android devices is Nota, an app that allows users to add videos, links and images to the pages of textbooks. Nota could aid a wide range of people, providing a comprehensive way for students to learn that goes far beyond mere words. “Cost has been a disruptive factor in education, with soaring student debt and escalating tuition causing many families to wonder whether they can—or even should—pursue a traditional degree,” Nota Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Ray wrote on the company's blog....

Bookshare introduces new products for disabled readers
February 11, 2013 | 10:00 am

BookshareBookshare has developed two new digital products to help those with disabilities. Bookshare’s Web Reader and Bookshelf were announced at the Assistive Technology Industry Association conference, held January 30 through February 2 in Orlando, Fla. The products were created to help those with impairments such as learning disabilities, physical disabilities or low vision. The Web Reader will allow Bookshare members to open books, including NIMAC textbooks, in a browser without the need of any downloads or separate software. The Web Reader is compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer 9 and above. Web Reader allows individuals to adjust font size, colors and display format....

McGraw-Hill: We don’t need no education publishers
November 30, 2012 | 12:21 pm

  By Andy Richardson, CEO of Influential Software It’s a case of another week, another publishing takeover. This week, McGraw-Hill announced that it was offloading its education publishing business, though this time not to another publisher. The private equity arm of investment firm Apollo Global Management will take control of the textbook publisher, which has undershot its revenue targets in seven of the last eight quarters and has been on the market for a year. Apollo’s decision to invest nearly $2.5 billion in the company is a signal that the money men believe there’s still a lot of profit to be made from educational publishing. What’s less clear, however, is...

Where to Look for Textbook Alternatives
November 29, 2012 | 2:46 pm

I've seen a lot of articles lately about the high cost of textbooks. This one was about site licenses and how they penalize smaller schools. This one is about the use of e-readers in developing countries. This one is an infographic that looks at the issue from a variety of angles. It strikes me as a somewhat American obsession, this textbook habit. When I did my teacher training in New Zealand back in 2005, nobody used textbooks there. There were some resource packets produced by the government for certain curriculum areas, but other than that, you were on your own—it was your job,...

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed
November 13, 2012 | 9:16 am

15 Must-Have Collaboration Tools for Journalists (Media Shift) 3M Expands Collaboration with Penguin (Good E-Reader) The Kind of Journalism we Need is Changing but Can Journalists Make the Transition? (GigaOM) Digital Textbook Study Shows Interactive Features Were Used More than Embedded Videos (The Digital Reader) Kindle Daily Deal: Lit by Mary Karr {and} The Elephant's Child by Rudyard Kipling * * * Follow us @TeleRead  Join us on Facebook...

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed
November 7, 2012 | 9:12 am

The Templeton Twins Have an IdeaWhy I'm Not Sold on the iPad Mini (Good E-Reader) Will Disney Block Star Wars Fan-Made Content? (Techdirt) Content Hackathons: The Future of Textbooks (GigaOM) Readability Adds New Grid Reading View (The Digital Reader) Kindle Daily Deal: Sly Fox by Jeanine Pirro {and} The Templeton Twins Have an Idea by Jeremy Holmes & Ellis Weiner * * * Follow us @TeleRead  Join us on Facebook ...

Report says 57.8% of U.S. students prefer digital textbooks
September 18, 2012 | 12:19 pm

Back in mid-June, we posted a press release that introduced you to, a London-based online publisher that offers free open-access textbooks for students. We heard from BookBoon again this morning; apparently the company recently asked roughly 10,000 students about their preferences between digital textbooks and printed textbooks. According to BookBoon, 2,164 respondents were students based in the U.S. Even more interesting: BookBoon transformed the survey's results into a few different blog-friendly infographics; the results of the U.S.-based students responses are illustrated in the graphic below. Directly beneath that is a second infographic that displays the results of the UK-based students who responded...

Textbooks: A race to the bottom?
September 13, 2012 | 9:41 pm

From The Textbook Guru comes this interesting op-ed on the price of textbooks. We've all heard about how Amazon, the secondhand market, textbook rentals and so on are taking a bite of Big Pub, but what this article points out is that the average price per title is falling across all markets, not just the 'new textbooks from Big Pub' one. And not only that, but sales are holding steady, not increasing, as prices fall. So, why hasn't the Brave New Marketplace opened up the market? The article suggests that the real fulcrum in the market is rental services. Their prices...

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