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Purdue reveals an alarming future for academia with Amazon?
August 16, 2014 | 10:25 am

Purdue University has announced some bright news for its students - provided they are prepared to tie themselves to Amazon. They now have "the opportunity to save up to 30 percent - or $6 million - a year on textbooks" thanks to "the Purdue Student Store on Amazon, a new, co-branded experience where students can purchase lower-cost textbooks and other college essentials." This follows up on a slightly different pilot program already debuted at UC Davis. It seems like a great deal, but no one could imagine that Amazon is doing this purely out of generosity. "Through the Purdue Student Store on...

New academic libraries: Grad fabs of the ebook era
August 10, 2013 | 12:00 pm

A recent article by Claire Shaw in the UK Guardian Higher Education Network purports to lay bare how "University libraries are shaping the future of learning and research." And although the article doesn't claim at any level deeper than the subtitle that libraries are actually dictating how we learn, rather than vice versa, it does demonstrate how ebooks, e-learning and related developments are causing academic libraries to mutate into new forms. It stands to reason that university libraries are going to be at the sharp end of the debate on what all libraries are for in the ebook era, when the...

Morning Roundup: Indie publishing on Kickstarter; hackers attacking universities; and more
July 18, 2013 | 8:48 am

KickstarterHow Book Covers Have to Evolve in the Digital Age (Good e-Reader) As publishing adapts to changes in the technology of books, one area that still remains to adapt is the all-important cover art. Two unrelated articles today highlighted the serious considerations that authors and publishers need to make when designing the face that will ultimately help or hinder consumer purchases. * * * Ripping Off Indie Authors? Let Us Count the Ways (Indie Reader) Three years ago, when no one took self-publishing seriously, indie authors only had to worry about being ripped off by a vanity press, and that’s only if they were...

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...

A newfangled online bookstore for academic books
January 17, 2012 | 10:06 am

Images From an article by Joseph Esposito in The Scholarly Kitchen: Several years ago I conceived of an online catalog for academic books, university press books in particular. I thought this was an original idea, but, man, I could not have been more wrong. I soon learned that among many other proposed projects, an online bookstore had been explored by the American Association of University Presses (AAUP) — but that project foundered on some of the technical limitations of the time. For example, the Web was not yet fully established (try to imagine back that...

Cambridge University Press launches University Publishing Online
November 14, 2011 | 10:49 am

Images From CUP: Cambridge University Press’s new integrated eBook and digital content offering, University Publishing Online, launched yesterday. University Publishing Online, at, provides aggregated content from the Mathematical Association of America (based in Washington D.C.), Liverpool University Press, Foundation Books (based in India), and Cambridge University Press. Access to content from Edinburgh University Press and Nottingham University Press will be available from early 2012. [Clip] Users have immediate access to over 13,000 front and backlist titles, accessible through quick, powerful search and browse functionality. [Clip] Users are able to search across all University Publishing Online content or limit their search to selected publishers. The search facility also...

iPads and the embarrassment factor
September 28, 2011 | 9:55 am

Images This is something I never would have expected.  From The Chronicle of Higher Education comes an article by Doug Ward, who teaches courses in editing, reporting, history and innovation at the University of Kansas: News that all the graduate students in my Future of Media seminar would receive iPads for the semester generated a flurry of excitement. Some students replied with exclamation points in their email messages. Some stopped and asked when the iPads would be available. Others passed on word to classmates and seemed to enjoy the envious responses. Then something odd happened: The students, all in their... releases ebook availability report
August 18, 2011 | 9:33 am

Images From the press release: A report shows that six out of seven top e-book retailers (including Amazon) have less than 50% of the books students need for back-to-school. But CampusBooks is the first to solve that problem, launching a free online e-textbook tool that lets students search all seven to not only find their books, but the best prices as well. has been helping students find the best prices on ...

Cambridge University Press expands ebook platform to include other academic publishers
July 14, 2011 | 9:47 am

This October, Cambridge University Press will launch a new digital content platform called University Publishing Online, which is based on the existing digital platform Cambridge Books Online but open to outside academic publishers. Boydell & Brewer, Liverpool University Press, the Mathematical Association of America, and Foundation Books (based in India) have been named as early participants. From the press release: Dr Andrew Brown, Director of Academic Publishing at Cambridge University Press, said: “A key concept of University Publishing Online is to preserve the individual identity of each of its publishing partners, as every academic press makes a unique contribution to the world...

Lecture note posting harms academic publishing, publishers claim
July 4, 2011 | 11:51 pm

The closure of a half-century-old university bookstore in Ireland is raising questions about the propriety of lecturers posting class notes on-line, the Bookseller reports. The chairman of a UK academic publishing-industry lobby group claims the practice harms academic booksellers. The Bookshop at Queens, at the Queen’s University Belfast, has been in business for 53 years, but has hit tough times and is closing while it is still above water. Tim Smyth, manager of the Queen's bookshop, said the bookseller wanted to close before it "fell below the line". He also blamed internet competition and free...

Some university presses moving beyond simple ebooks
June 16, 2011 | 9:38 am

Screen shot 2011 06 16 at 9 37 11 AM From an article in Inside Higher Ed.  Here's a snippet, a lot more in the article: ... The proliferation of GPS-enabled mobile devices and community-based social media applications and the rise of companies such as Groupon, LivingSocial, Yelp, and Urbanspoon have demonstrated that these new technologies can strengthen regional as well as global ties. And as university presses adapt to the changing publishing landscape, some are already looking beyond e-books to bonus features and location-based apps that lend themselves to a different kind of reading — and, in some cases, a different kind of reader. The Minnesota Historical Society Press is among those...

University presses not doing well with ebook sales
June 3, 2011 | 9:21 am

Images That's what's reported in an article entitled The E-Reader Effect in Inside Higher Ed.  Here's a snippet.  Lots more in the article. University presses, in many cases, have been even less successful than textbook publishers in selling electronic versions of their books. A new survey by the Association of American University Presses suggests that as of last December, e-book sales or licenses accounted for less than 3 percent of total revenue for the overwhelming majority of university presses. Meanwhile, 60 percent of respondents expressed “serious concern” about the viability of their current business models. In an era of flat or declining print sales,...

Stradivari Quartet recordings now available online – for free
May 27, 2011 | 12:33 pm

  From The University of Iowa Libraries page: Forty-four years after its first public performance, the Stradivari String Quartet now has audio recordings from 1963-1996 publicly available in the Iowa Digital Library at The collection is part of the Iowa Sounds Digital Collection, a growing digital repository of audio recordings that documents the musical and cultural heritage of the University of Iowa community. The quartet made its first public performance with the Stradivarius instruments on May 19, 1967 in Macbride Auditorium in Iowa City.  The Iowa Quartet informally announced its name change on July 21 1969 at the International Music Camp in North Dakota, beginning...

Cambridge University Press to recreate textbooks for iPad
May 26, 2011 | 5:02 pm

Screen shot 2011 05 26 at 5 01 18 PM From Campus Technology: The publishing arm of the University of Cambridge will be working with an education software producer to convert three of its medical textbooks into iOS apps for use on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. GetYa Learn On(GYLO) is tackling the conversion for Cambridge University Press. The project will first cover three of Cambridge's key texts on radiology, neuropharmacology, and anesthesia. Expected for release in the iTunes Store in June 2011, the first app will be a portable version of the radiology text Final FRCR Long Cases, which users will be able to personalize by adding notes, highlights, and bookmarks. The text...

OverDrive Accelerates Global eBook Distribution to K-12 & Higher Ed Channels
May 17, 2011 | 5:26 pm

overdrive.jpg From the press release: Educational and academic publishers can now reach schools around the world with hundreds of K-12 and higher education libraries now in OverDrive’s global network. New eBook publishers supplying to OverDrive-powered school, college, and university libraries include Houghton Mifflin, Evan-Moor Educational Publishers, Kaeden Publishing, Barnes Report, and ALA Editions. They join Barron's Educational Series, Inc., Disney Digital Books, Elsevier Science, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Scholastic, Taylor & Francis, and many others in providing digital books to libraries via OverDrive.   OverDrive, the leading distributor of eBooks and more to libraries, will demonstrate this expanded global network with growing distribution to educational channels...

Discover Yale Digital Commons
May 11, 2011 | 11:34 am

Images That's the title of the home search page of Yale's Cross Collection Discovery.  Here's what they say about it: Cross Collection Discovery (CCD) provides a way to search across Yale's collections of art, natural history, books, and maps, as well as photos, audio, and video documenting people, places, and events that form part of Yale's institutional identity and contribution to scholarship. The content searchable in CCD will grow as additional University departments make use of the service to share Yale's collections with the Yale community and the world. CCD currently encompasses the Yale Peabody Museum, Yale Center for British Art, Yale University...

Ereaders fail at education
May 4, 2011 | 10:37 am

That's the title of an article in Fast Company today.  Here's a snippet: A recent University of Washington study interviewed 39 first-year graduate students in the university's Department of Computer Science & Engineering, which participated in a pilot study of Amazon's Kindle DX (a large-screen e-reader). By seven months into the study, fewer than 40% of the students did their schoolwork on the Kindle. The problem: the Kindle has poor note-taking support, doesn't allow for easy skimming, and makes it difficult for students to look up references (in comparison with computers and textbooks). As a result, some of the students interviewed kept...

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