Some really useful how-tos from the Open University

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

As many will know, the Open University is the UK’s leading provider of distance learning at college level, which exists to “promote educational opportunity and social justice by providing high-quality university education to all who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their [...]

Purdue reveals an alarming future for academia with Amazon?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 16, 2014 // 3 Comments

Purdue University has announced some bright news for its students – provided they are prepared to tie themselves to Amazon. They now have “the opportunity to save up to 30 percent – or $6 million – a year on textbooks” thanks to “the Purdue Student Store on [...]

New academic libraries: Grad fabs of the ebook era

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 10, 2013 // 4 Comments

A recent article by Claire Shaw in the UK Guardian Higher Education Network purports to lay bare how “University libraries are shaping the future of learning and research.” And although the article doesn’t claim at any level deeper than the subtitle that libraries are actually [...]

A newfangled online bookstore for academic books

By Paul Biba
January 17, 2012 // 0 Comments

From an article by Joseph Esposito in The Scholarly Kitchen: Several years ago I conceived of an online catalog for academic books, university press books in particular. I thought this was an original idea, but, man, I could not have been more wrong. I soon learned that among many other proposed [...]

Cambridge University Press launches University Publishing Online

By libertyc
November 14, 2011 // 1 Comment

From CUP: Cambridge University Press’s new integrated eBook and digital content offering, University Publishing Online, launched yesterday. University Publishing Online, at, provides aggregated content from the Mathematical Association of America (based in [...]

iPads and the embarrassment factor

By Paul Biba
September 28, 2011 // 5 Comments

This is something I never would have expected.  From The Chronicle of Higher Education comes an article by Doug Ward, who teaches courses in editing, reporting, history and innovation at the University of Kansas: News that all the graduate students in my Future of Media seminar would receive iPads [...] releases ebook availability report

By Paul Biba
August 18, 2011 // 0 Comments

From the press release: A report shows that six out of seven top e-book retailers (including Amazon) have less than 50% of the books students need for back-to-school. But CampusBooks is the first to solve that problem, launching a free online e-textbook tool that lets students [...]

Lecture note posting harms academic publishing, publishers claim

By Chris Meadows
July 4, 2011 // 1 Comment

The closure of a half-century-old university bookstore in Ireland is raising questions about the propriety of lecturers posting class notes on-line, the Bookseller reports. The chairman of a UK academic publishing-industry lobby group claims the practice harms academic booksellers. The Bookshop at [...]

Some university presses moving beyond simple ebooks

By Paul Biba
June 16, 2011 // 0 Comments

From an article in Inside Higher Ed.  Here’s a snippet, a lot more in the article: … The proliferation of GPS-enabled mobile devices and community-based social media applications and the rise of companies such as Groupon, LivingSocial, Yelp, and Urbanspoon have demonstrated that these [...]

University presses not doing well with ebook sales

By Paul Biba
June 3, 2011 // 2 Comments

That’s what’s reported in an article entitled The E-Reader Effect in Inside Higher Ed.  Here’s a snippet.  Lots more in the article. University presses, in many cases, have been even less successful than textbook publishers in selling electronic versions of their books. A new [...]

Stradivari Quartet recordings now available online – for free

By Paul Biba
May 27, 2011 // 0 Comments

  From The University of Iowa Libraries page: Forty-four years after its first public performance, the Stradivari String Quartet now has audio recordings from 1963-1996 publicly available in the Iowa Digital Library at The collection is part of the Iowa Sounds [...]

Cambridge University Press to recreate textbooks for iPad

By Paul Biba
May 26, 2011 // 1 Comment

From Campus Technology: The publishing arm of the University of Cambridge will be working with an education software producer to convert three of its medical textbooks into iOS apps for use on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. GetYa Learn On(GYLO) is tackling the conversion for Cambridge [...]

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