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AcademicPub - Custom Course Materials

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AcademicPub lets professors, institutions, and bookstores create custom course packs with real time copyright clearance.
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I like the fact that lecturers can use AcademicPub to compose their own textbook, with bits from the giant content library (take a look at all the big players!), the web and themselves. Copyright clearing is clever too.  Not sure how the digital output is? PDF-only?

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verstelle's curator insight, July 14, 2013 2:08 AM

Seems like a very handy solution to handle copyrights clearance.

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Op zoek naar de meerwaarde van educatieve e-books - Artikel - SURFspace

Op zoek naar de meerwaarde van educatieve e-books - Artikel - SURFspace | eTextbooks | Scoop.it
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The Challenge of Ebooks

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Looks interesting and the infographics seem to be on the dot!

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Journey to textbook affordability: An investigation of students’ use of eTextbooks at multiple campuses | Baek | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

Journey to textbook affordability: An investigation of students’ use of eTextbooks at multiple campuses | Baek | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning | eTextbooks | Scoop.it

"While making eTextbooks as close to print books as possible in terms of their look and feel, eTextbooks need to differentiate themselves from their print counterparts by harnessing their strengths. For example, students liked the fast one-click keyword search feature that print books do not and cannot offer. Even though it was not included in the list of what students most liked about the eTextbook, many students mentioned in the open-response questions that they liked the extra learning resources the eTextbook offered, such as quizzes with instant feedback, music, video, narration, step-by-step homework guides with feedback, and web links related to the topic. This can help students better understand the content, which contributes to student learning and student satisfaction in positive ways".

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Interesting, with quite some referring to more research on the topic. Outcome is not very surprising though: students tend to prefer print, and eTextbooks should be high-quality and easy-to-use for students to see them as a viable option.

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A Self-Publication Gold Rush?

A Self-Publication Gold Rush? | eTextbooks | Scoop.it

"... most academic books sell a few hundred copies. Most of those sales come from the publisher's relationship with libraries, and depend a great deal on the prestige capital of the press. The prestige that a press confers on a book is in fact the most valuable payment most authors receive..."

 

"Ultimately the industry descriptor of "self" publishing is hardly the best rubric for the way scholarly communication is democratizing, at least in its peer-reviewed forms. Most young scholars are likely to embrace digital publication in relation to the open-access movement—to maximize sharing—rather than collect a profit. Pretty much anyone who can build a credible network of reviewers and board members can start a scholarly journal or academic press today. But the key term in that statement is "network.""

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The two paragraphs above sum it up for me. Self publishing in academia isn't firstly about making money, it's about sharing and wether you're getting acknowledged. And, I think, in the case of textbooks (as opposed to journal articles, about getting your content to your students.

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Coursera to offer students free online textbooks, with conditions

Coursera to offer students free online textbooks, with conditions | eTextbooks | Scoop.it
A free online education provider announces a deal to provide free access to portions of select books.
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'Free with conditions'. What is the catch?

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Out of Print, Maybe, but Not Out of Mind

Out of Print, Maybe, but Not Out of Mind | eTextbooks | Scoop.it
Some features of physical books may be getting a second life online, but efforts to completely reimagine the core experience of the book have yet to catch on.
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Interesting article on paper vs e.

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Waarom het papieren schoolboek nog niet verdwenen is - Kennisnet

De maatschappij wordt steeds digitaler, maar het onderwijs kan nog steeds niet zonder papieren schoolboek. Hoe dit komt? We zetten een aantal conclusies uit onze Vier in balans monitor 2013 op een rij.
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Hunting the Whole Enchilada: 6 Excellent Sites for Free Digital Textbooks -- THE Journal

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It boils down to this: "sometimes you don't want to spend all your planning time piecing together a school year's worth of lessons from a multitude of online sites. You just want the whole enchilada delivered in textbook form from which you can select the content you'll assign to your students." 

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Don't Call Them Textbooks

Don't Call Them Textbooks | eTextbooks | Scoop.it
Publishers' latest digital products may deserve a category of their own.
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But what should we call them? And what will be the difference between the LMS and the 'object formerly known as the textbook'?

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AcademicPub - Custom Course Materials

AcademicPub - Custom Course Materials | eTextbooks | Scoop.it
AcademicPub lets professors, institutions, and bookstores create custom course packs with real time copyright clearance.
Rose Leighton's insight:

I like the fact that lecturers can use AcademicPub to compose their own textbook, with bits from the giant content library (take a look at all the big players!), the web and themselves. Copyright clearing is clever too.  Not sure how the digital output is? PDF-only?

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verstelle's curator insight, July 14, 2013 2:08 AM

Seems like a very handy solution to handle copyrights clearance.