Duke University Press puts over 1600 books online

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Duke University Press has just announced a new online access site for its books and ebooks, “Offering more than 1,600 titles and powered by the Folio eBooks solution, the site is the new home for the e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection, available to libraries for [...]

University of Kentucky does e-book exchange for selfies

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 30, 2013 // 2 Comments

Here’s a lovely idea that I wish more mainstream publishers would copy: The University Press of Kentucky is dishing out free e-books in exchange for selfies of readers holding their UPK print title. “Do you own a print copy of a University Press of Kentucky title and wish you had the [...]

Meet Waterstones Academy, a college for booksellers

By Dan Eldridge
February 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Bookseller recently published what appears to be a very interesting article about a sort of bookseller’s university that Waterstones—the UK-based bookstore chain—plans to open at some point in the near-to-distant future. And I use the term “appears,” by the way, because [...]

10 Universities with Amazing Online Collections

By a TeleRead Contributor
December 13, 2012 // 0 Comments

It’s common knowledge that universities often hold amazing pieces in their library collections, from rare books to priceless works of art. Many are available for viewing simply by visiting the university, but many others are not available for public access, or visitors simply don’t have [...]

Short-Form Digital Grows at University Presses

By a TeleRead Contributor
September 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

Back in March, the Digital Digest profiled Princeton Shorts, a new short-form e-book program launched last fall by Princeton University Press. At least two more AAUP presses have launched short e-book programs this spring: Stanford, with Stanford Briefs, and North Carolina, with UNC Press [...]

Should Universities Force E-Textbooks on Students?

By a TeleRead Contributor
September 7, 2012 // 4 Comments

By Stephanie Brooks Last month, USA Today reported that a few colleges and universities in the U.S. now require students to purchase e-textbooks instead of traditional textbooks. The USA Today article noted that many of the students attending these colleges are opposed to being obligated to buy [...]

The E-Reader's Impact on College Kids and Campuses

By a TeleRead Contributor
September 5, 2012 // 7 Comments

By Elena Morgan  The e-reader market has spent more than a decade undergoing a fitful and sporadic development into something of major scope, and this process didn’t really start to take off until the end of the first decade of the 2000’s. Today, however, e-readers have finally become [...]

Turning personal electronics into classroom participation devices

By Chris Meadows
July 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

In classrooms, e-books are sort of top-down, one-way communication tools. You buy the book, you read what it says. But what if the same device you use for e-books could also be used to respond to the professor in your classroom? Ki Mae Heussner has an interesting piece at GigaOm on Top Hat Monocle, [...]

Ryerson U closes 1 of 2 bookstores; feelings are mixed

By Steven Lyle Jordan
February 10, 2012 // 1 Comment

That’s the take from this Toronto Star article: Mixed feelings about the loss of a bookstore at Ryerson University and the sequestering of its books, by the students… though not by the article’s author. “Poor books. Snubbed yet again, this time by a university, an [...]

Academics announce boycott of journal publisher Elsevier

By Chris Meadows
February 1, 2012 // 0 Comments

In a related note to my piece the other day on high-priced academic indexes, Ars Technica and Techdirt are reporting on a movement by some academics to boycott Elsevier, an expensive (and big-profit earning) scientific journal publishing company which supported recent restrictive legislation: SOPA [...]

Can costly academic indexes be fixed?

By Chris Meadows
January 27, 2012 // 3 Comments

I ran across an interesting pair of articles concerning academic journal indexes—a complaint about the journals’ expense and inaccessibility by Laura McKenna in The Atlantic, and a rebuttal pointing out a number of errors and misconceptions in McKenna’s article by Nancy Sims of the [...]

My Espresso Book Machine encounter

By Chris Meadows
November 19, 2011 // 4 Comments

I got to the Missouri State University Bookstore in Columbia, Missouri in the early afternoon, and went downstairs to where they kept their Espresso machine. As I had a book made, I spoke with Heather Tearney, the manager of the Mizzou Media section where the machine was kept, and Nic Maglio, one [...]

Opposing viewpoints on HathiTrust orphaned works issue

By Chris Meadows
September 17, 2011 // 3 Comments

I’ve found a couple of more points of view on the HathiTrust lawsuit over the last couple of days, and given that they are diametrically opposed it seems like a good idea to present them together for contrast. First, SF and fantasy novelist Elizabeth Moon strongly opposes the use that the [...]

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