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Textbook publishers revamp ebooks to fight used market

“A booming market in recent years for selling and renting used college textbooks has saved students across the United States a ton of cash. But it has put textbook publishers in a bind. They don’t make a cent unless students buy their books new. So increasingly, publishers like Pearson Plc and McGraw-Hill Education are turning to a new model: Creating online versions of their texts, often loaded with interactive features, and selling students access codes that expire at semester’s end.” (via Reuters)

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New AcademicPub Service Adds Library Content Deals

“AcademicPub is adding a new service to its AcademicPub Custom College Plus, an automated coursepack service that allows faculty to create legal customized textbooks in digital or print formats from a database of licensed content. AcademicPub is now offering Off The Shelf, a new service that allows schools to integrate any of its standing content licensing agreements into the AcademicPub Custom College Plus Content Library.” (via Publishers Weekly)

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Students, Professors Still Not Yet Ready for Digital Textbooks

“The e-textbook “revolution” is still waiting to start. Students and professors are still not adopting the use of digital textbooks in any great numbers, according to the latest data from Bowker Market Research, presented today in a Digital Book World webcast. Further, the percentage of students who are using them has remained flat over the past few semesters. While publishers are increasingly creating and selling digital materials and students increasingly have the devices on which to consume that content, only 3% of students last semester used a digital textbook as their primary course material (for a specific course). That’s down from 4% for the fall semester.” (via Digital Book World)

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Textbook prices more transparent but still high

“Students have greater access to textbook pricing information thanks to recent federal requirements, a new study shows. But it’s not clear yet what if any effect the changes mandated by the Higher Education Opportunity Act are having on textbook prices, which have continued to rise at an average of 6 percent per year, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.” (via Inside Higher Ed)

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Academic e-books: will they ever take off?

“Are physical textbooks on the way out? That’s what one professor seemed to believe when I participated in a debate last weekend about the future of academic publishing. He claimed that they would only survive as artefacts or in special collections; public libraries would have continuing demand for academic books, but not universities. Another observed that some students were already choosing to buy e-textbooks rather than invest in physical books.” (via Telegraph)

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