Rice University-based nonprofit OpenStax College has unveiled three new textbooks and said its growing catalog of free textbooks will save students an estimated $25 million in the 2015-16 academic year.
OpenStax College uses philanthropic gifts from major foundations to produce open educational resources — full-color, peer-reviewed online textbooks that have the same look and feel as books that cost $100 or more.
All OpenStax College textbooks are available free online and at low cost in print. The publisher, which launched with two titles in 2012, today offers 15 titles that have been used by more than 540,000 students and adopted by instructors in more than 2,000 courses worldwide.
The continuation of our series on illustrated book publishing in the US looks at the changing retail landscape for specialty and illustrated titles. By Chris Navratil This is the third in a mult-part series looking at…
Blurb is a San Francisco-based company that provides tools for authors to design, print, and distribute their own books. As self-publishing expands in popularity, Blurb has experienced significant growth.
With digital content available in multiple formats for nearly all instructional materials, college and university bookstores are facing multiple challenges to provide the content desired by students and faculty, to reduce the cost of instructional content and to compete with multiple retail sources for this content.
Two related articles which crossed my desk this week have convinced me that the publishing industry has gone mad and wants me to join them in Bedlam. In the most unlikely of coincidences, Digital Book World and The Bookseller have each decided that the time was ripe to proclaim that publishers should engage with readers. From The Bookseller: “Direct to consumer” is not about selling books through your Web site. Rather, it is a philosophy that puts your consumer, the reader, first and foremost in each and every activity that the business undertakes. That might seem straightforward enough, but with decades of complex author, agent and retail agreements piling up — not to mention territorial licensing, franchise deals and the like — readers may have taken a bit of a back seat in publisher corporate strategy. ... Publishers must recognize that they are brand owners They are the gatekeepers standing between fans and the authors and stories they love. Ask the average reader who their favourite author is and you get a clear-cut answer (or two, or more!). Ask who publishes that author and you see where the branding loses focus. From DBW: Let’s face it: most readers never visit publishers’ sites. And if they do, [...]
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