Tag Archives: textbooks

The Spotify of the textbook world takes off as Bibliotech is go

As libraries look to widen access to core texts, how can they make this affordable to both universities and students? (1 August 2017) Social mobility of students is a topic that rarely leaves the education headlines, with tuition fees and accommodation costs at the top of the list. Less topical, but of real importance to […]


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What does the future hold for academic books?

(4 July 2017) Between August 2014 and September 2016, the Academic Book of the Future Project, initiated by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Library, explored the current and future status of the traditional academic monograph. Marilyn Deegan, one of the co-investigators on the project and author of the project report, reflects on its […]


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Collaboration is essential for the Future of the Academic Book, finds Academic Book of the Future Report

(13 June 2017) Two major new reports published today demonstrate that the future of the academic book is at a crossroads with the number of new book proposals growing rapidly but sales per title continuing to fall. Researchers on the Academic Book of the Future project are recommending that academics and publishers work together to […]


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Fewer university students use libraries in Korea

(7 March 2016) The latest statistics from Korea show that an increasing number of university students rely more on the internet than university libraries to do research and access books. According to a report on students’ usage of libraries by the Korea Education & Research Information Service, students borrowed 7.4 books per person on average […]


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Amazon takes over textbook business of the University of Massachusetts

(1 February 2015) Amazon has ironed out an agreement with the University of Massachusetts to take over the schools textbook business from Follett. Starting this fall students will be able to order print books and have them delivered for free to their homes or an Amazon-staffed storefront in the campus center that’s set to open in June. The […]


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The academic book of the future

(18 August 2014) The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Library are launching a two-year research project which will explore the future of the academic books in the context of open access publishing and continuing digital change. It is expected that this project will have a significant impact on a wide range […]


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Four arrested in Hong Kong for textbook piracy

(27 July 2014) Customs officers have arrested three men and a woman after seizing $530,000 worth of pirate textbooks. Complaints had been received from parents about the quality of textbooks ordered through their children’s primary schools. An investigation found the books were provided by the same supplier. Officers searched the supplier’s Yuen Long and Tuen […]


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Government orders modification of Korean history textbooks

(29 November 2013)    The Korean education ministry said Friday it ordered publishers of seven out of the eight government-approved Korean history textbooks to revise a total of 41 instances of what it calls obscure and imbalanced descriptions of history, reports The Korea Herald. Publication of the books will be suspended if the order is not […]


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Google to launch Play textbooks in August

Techcrunch is reporting that Google is bringing textbooks to the Google Play store for purchase or rent in August. Read the story by Frederic Lardinois here. .


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Ingram announces market entry into India for VitalSource Bookshelf® E-Textbook platform

(London, UK (PRWEB) 15 April 2013)  Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Group’s leading eTextbook solution, and B.i. Publications Pvt. Ltd., India’s largest distributor of scientific, technical and medical content to the academic and professional communities, have agreed to form a joint venture, Ingram-B.i. Pvt. Ltd., to launch Ingram’s comprehensive VitalSource Bookshelf® eTextbook platform to […]


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Textbookspy.com, saves students cash on college textbooks

(27 March 2013) Textbook price comparison tool, Textbookspy.com, has partnered with CollegeBookrenter.com, Bookrenter.com, Chegg.com, and eCampus.com to help students save money on the price of textbooks. Textbookspy.com compares prices of millions of textbooks instantly, searching hundreds of websites for the lowest prices. With the cost of textbooks on the rise, Textbookspy.com makes purchasing textbooks, textbook […]


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Library Copyright Alliance statement on Supreme Court decision in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley

(19 March 2013) Today the US Supreme Court announced its much-anticipated decision in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley, a lawsuit regarding the bedrock principle of the “first sale doctrine.” The 6-3 opinion is a total victory for libraries and our users. It vindicates the foundational principle of the first sale doctrine—if you bought it, you own it. […]


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Student response to digital textbooks climbs, says new BISG study

(New York, 25 January 2013)  The popularity of digital textbooks may have hit a tipping point in 2012 as preference by college students climbed significantly, according to new research from the Book Industry Study Group (BISG)’s ongoing study of Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education. The first installment in Volume Three of the study, […]


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