Durbin introduces bill to make textbooks free to public
Source: dailynorthwestern.com • 26-Sep-17
District Officials Think They Know Open Ed. Resources, But Grasp Is Surface-Level, Survey Finds
Source: edweek.org • 25-Sep-17
Open Education Resources catching on in ND University System
Source: prairiepublic.org • 25-Sep-17
Scholastic Reports Quarterly Earnings
Source: yahoo.com • 22-Sep-17
Scholastic is something of a bit player in the education space. Revenues for the Education segment were $45 million for the quarter, down about 20% from the same quarter last year. This is about a quarter of Scholastic's overall revenue.
The company attributes the decline to the timing of orders
Marion County Florida: Local schools, not state, will select textbooks
Source: ocala.com • 21-Sep-17
OpenStax partners with Katalyst to deliver free textbooks to Poland
Source: rice.edu • 20-Sep-17
Textbooks for English classes to cost Fairfield-Suisun schools nearly $4.5M
Source: dailyrepublic.com • 16-Sep-17
A short article that reveals a lot about the textbook-purchasing decisions of the Fairfield-Suisun School District, which serves about 22,000 students just northeast of the San Francisco Bay Area.
"The staff has reviewed free and open-source textbooks but has not found resources that meet the needs of students, staff or the district".
"Superintendent Kris Corey said the price will be about the same whether the words are in print or an electronic device."
“Publishing companies are very wise,” Corey said. “They’re not going to lose money.”
Free or low-cost college textbooks? SLCC program makes it possible
Source: deseretnews.com • 14-Sep-17
Salt Lake Community College has quite a robust OER initiative.
University strives for cheaper textbooks, falls short
Source: thedailycougar.com • 13-Sep-17
From the student newspaper of the University of Houston. Most professors are missing the state-mandated deadline for submitting their textbook selection, which is 30 days prior to the start of the semester.
This matters because it gives students a heads-up on textbook requirements before they register. Perhaps more importantly, it allows the school bookstore time to optimally source the books and price buybacks accordingly.
Rice University-based OpenStax partners with UK Open Textbooks
Source: rice.edu • 12-Sep-17
Open textbooks, grant program at FHSU will help students save money on textbooks
Source: hayspost.com • 09-Sep-17
Fort Hays State University (via the FHSU Foundation's Open Textbook Grants Program
) is offering grants of between $500 and $2000 to faculty for adapting and adopting open textbooks.
Will a Netflix Model Work for Textbooks?
Source: edsurge.com • 08-Sep-17
UM-Flint Librarians on a Mission to Save Students Money on Textbooks
Source: umflint.edu • 08-Sep-17
Deadline Approaches for Faculty Awards - University of Arkansas
Source: uark.edu • 07-Sep-17
This program offers $3000 for faculty to adopt open educational resources and $7500 to create new material.
If you click through to their OER page, you'll see that U of A provides substantial support, on top of the financial incentive, from librarians and instructional designers to help develop and adopt the materials.
The first New Yorkers go to college tuition-free
Source: cnn.com • 07-Sep-17
Florida universities move toward more use of ebooks over textbooks
Source: orlandosentinel.com • 05-Sep-17
The university budget has $650,000 to create a catalog of "eTexts and other open-source material" for instructors to choose from.
SPARC Releases Report Highlighting the Impact of Open Educational Resources at Member Institutions
Source: sparcopen.org • 05-Sep-17
The actual report is here.
There's a curious stat therein: "SPARC member institutions saved students an estimated $5 million through the use of OER in the 2016-2017 academic year." That's a surprisingly low number, given the number of institutions included (65). Meanwhile, there are stories about students saving millions of dollars per year at just one community college. It makes me wonder if some institutions are engaging in some optimistic estimating when they
report their successes.
Student Government launches initiative to bring free textbooks to Texas State
Source: txstate.edu • 03-Sep-17
Colorado State University monopolizes textbooks, needs to reform policies
Source: collegian.com • 31-Aug-17
This is an opinion piece in the student newspaper at Colorado State University. It is answered at length
by the director of the school bookstore
State to study open source materials to lower textbook costs
Source: durangoherald.com • 30-Aug-17
The state of Colorado has formed an Open Educational Resources Council and will work on creating a repository of resources. Curiously, the newspaper chose to include a picture of a UCLA student.
Textbook affordability is the next task the BOT wants to tackle
Source: unfspinnaker.com • 30-Aug-17
There's an interesting contrast revealed in this story. The Board of Trustees suggests standardizing all sections of a course on common textbooks and cozying up to Pearson. While in the physics department, which allows teachers to choose their curriculum, faculty are selecting free textbooks.
The article alludes to a Textbook and Instructional Material Affordability report. That is available here (pdf).
Saving Money with Open Textbooks
Source: sonoma.edu • 29-Aug-17
The World's 50 Largest Publishers, 2017
Source: publishersweekly.com • 25-Aug-17
Revenue growth was hard to come by for publishers in 2016. This was especially true for large publishers in the education space.