The iPad Pro as an e-book machine—and possible savior of frogs

By David Rothman
August 20, 2015 // 2 Comments

Whenever the big-screened iPad Pro shows up—perhaps in September or later this year—it will matter to the e-book world. Maybe not instantly. But in time. A 12-13 inch screen would be a vast expanse of real estate by tablet standards. My bet is on 12.9 inches. This would be noticeably [...]

Textbook publisher Follett threatens price-comparison browser plug-in

By Chris Meadows
January 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

A textbook price-comparison browser extension developed by textbook price finding site Texts.com has come under fire from textbook publisher Follett. This extension, “Occupy the Bookstore,” sits in a user’s browser and pops up less-expensive alternative purchasing sites when the user is [...]

Morning Roundup: Author rejects award. Women who write horror and more

By Joanna Cabot
July 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Author Mary Shelley Author Rejects Award Due to Amazon Backing (GoodeReader) The ultimate in low class and poor breeding has occurred in the book world as an author turned down a major award due to its association with Amazon. UK-based children’s book author Allan Ahlberg declined the Booktrust [...]

Why aren’t eBooks disrupting the college textbook market?

By Joanna Cabot
April 11, 2014 // 7 Comments

Thanks to Nate at The Digital Reader for sending this article my way. The write-up, from a blog called Fast Company has some interesting insights into why the college textbook market has not been taken over by ebooks yet. I have long held my own ideas on this matter. I have taken one course which [...]

Italy targets 19 percent book tax rebate to promote culture

By libertyc
December 18, 2013 // 3 Comments

As reported by Italian press agency Agenzia Giornalistica Italia (AGI), the Italian government is planning a 19 percent tax rebate for book buyers, up to a maximum annual limit of EUR 2000 ($2746). As part of the package of measures entitled “Destination Italy,”  the plan, just [...]

NetNames wants you to believe its textbook piracy figures, buy its services

By libertyc
October 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

Statements by “domain management, online brand protection and online security” company NetNames about the size of the problem of textbook piracy in the UK are being picked up by the BBC and The Bookseller magazine. According to the BBC report quoted, 76 percent of a sample of 50 popular [...]

Don't Go to Art School, Part 5: The Nearly-Free English Degree, Year Four

By libertyc
August 26, 2013 // 0 Comments

Read the entire “Don’t Go to Art School” series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * For year four of our Nearly-Free English Degree, we’ll be covering contemporary times and other special topics. Each “course” below is worth one [...]

Textbook Piracy: Growing problem or reasonable solution?

By libertyc
August 23, 2013 // 2 Comments

College ended about 10 years ago for me. That wasn’t the dark ages of technology. We all had laptops and cell phones and constantly checked email. We all worried about the prices of textbooks too. Part of me wonders what it would be like if I went to college now. Colleges are starting their fall [...]

Renting Textbooks from Amazon? Better Not Cross State Lines…

By libertyc
August 18, 2013 // 7 Comments

A poster at Mobile Read alerted me to this shocking story from Inside Higher Ed, about a new textbook rental program. The article warns of a clause in the textbook rental fine print that restricts users renting through Amazon’s Warehouse Deals, Inc, from moving the textbook out of the state [...]

Weekend Roundup: E-books on the fly; textbook publishers; Google's translation technology; and more

By Dan Eldridge
July 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

Textbook publishers revamp ebooks to fight used market (NBC News) 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 [...]

Morning Roundup: The new gatekeepers; Google's digital textbooks; and more

By libertyc
July 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

The New Gatekeepers Are Economists (The Scholarly Kitchen) Today’s gatekeepers are no longer the big media companies (defined as organizations that invest in and distribute content: books, magazines, television, journals, movies) but the huge technology companies that have learned how to profit [...]

Study shows college textbook piracy rising, digital textbook adoption falling

By libertyc
July 18, 2013 // 2 Comments

On The Digital Reader, Nate Hoffelder has some details from a study suggesting that the adoption of digital textbooks is in trouble, and piracy is up considerably. Nate places the blame on the rising cost of textbooks in general. He includes a chart that shows textbook prices have been increasing [...]

Self-Published Books Not a Solution for K-12? Don't Be So Sure…

By libertyc
May 6, 2013 // 1 Comment

Christopher Harris has a thought-provoking essay up at The Digital Shift in which he argues that self-published books are “not a solution” for K-12. He argues that publishers “serve a critical role in the information ecosystem” by vetting and recommending quality books to [...]

Supreme Court rules importation of textbooks legal under First Sale doctrine

By libertyc
March 19, 2013 // 4 Comments

Remember the Supreme Court case about the Thai exchange student who bulk imported cheap overseas copies of textbooks and resold them in the U.S. (making over $1 million in sales) to finance his doctorate? The judges handed down a decision today. By a six to three majority, they found that the [...]

A legitimate archive of free textbooks

By Dan Eldridge
March 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

I received an email earlier this week from Dr. Frank Lowney, an occasional TeleRead contributor, and the author of The Coming ePublishing Revolution in Higher Education. Dr. Lowney, who is professionally affiliated with Georgia College & State University, most definitely knows his stuff when [...]

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