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Lumen Scores $3.75M — and OER Gets a Foot in the Traditional Publishing Door 

Lumen Scores $3.75M — and OER Gets a Foot in the Traditional Publishing Door  | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

Open Educational Resources (OER) have yet to cozy up with the more orthodox academics and pushy print publishers of the world. Advocates praise their accessible low-prices and ability to meet students on digital devices. 

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Lumen is going to work with Follett-maybe affordable plus OER content is on its way..

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Amazon Kindle Textbook Creator turns PDFs into e-textbooks

Amazon Kindle Textbook Creator turns PDFs into e-textbooks | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Amazon on Thursday released a tool meant to help educators and writers publish e-textbooks.
It's straightforwardly titled the Kindle Textbook Creator, and it makes it easy to transform PDFs into an e-book format.
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Sounds interesting-especially since it's free..

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Only 1 in 5 Students Obtain All Learning Materials Legally | EduWire.com

Only 1 in 5 Students Obtain All Learning Materials Legally | EduWire.com | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Students in higher education today are living in the era of the $400 college textbook, and many have had to find creative, more affordable ways to obtain textbooks.
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Just had someone on campus who went with Cengage at their Community College to offer e-books (as part of registration) to all of the students in her department-after a number of pilots. Key: no access codes and reduced textbook costs by 30-60% and huge increases in completers and student success..

 

The Cengage rep said they''re discussing offering MindTap with OER products..which really sounded interesting

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