Pearson sells K12 U.S. textbook unit for $250 million
Source: yahoo.com • 18-Feb-19
Bill & Melinda Gates: Texbooks are Becoming Obsolete
Source: gatesnotes.com • 12-Feb-19
Item 8 in a 9-item post on Bill & Melinda Gates' Blog is their feeling that textbooks are going to give way to software. This coming from someone who has put a great deal of money into the development of free textbooks.
It would be a shame if they've pivoted away entirely, as I think there's really no substitute for an old-fashioned, printed (or at least printable) textbook and there's still a lot of subject matter that could use high-quality, professionally produced textbooks.
University Libraries Join Open Textbook Network
Source: uark.edu • 15-Feb-19
University of Arkansas Libraries, already quite active in helping to promote OER, is joining the Open Textbook Network.
Off-Campus Bookseller Sues Trident Technical College Over Open Access
Source: live5news.com • 04-Feb-19
Say it ain't so! A South Carolina technical college is accused of dishonest dealing over its Open Access program. The complaint
alleges multiple violations of Department of Education rules.
McGraw-Hill Education Strikes Far-Reaching Deal With Open Education Curriculum Provider
Source: edweek.org • 22-Jan-19
How UMass is making textbooks more affordable, and how students can access them
Source: dailycollegian.com • 23-Jan-19
As OER Grows Up, Advocates Stress More Than Just Low Cost
Source: edsurge.com • 15-Jan-19
USE OF OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES ON THE RISE
Source: babson.edu • 11-Jan-19
The good news: awareness of OER is up this year vs last year among college faculty. The bad news: by a mere 1% (see page 7 of the report).
Professors Worry About the Cost of Textbooks, but Free Alternatives Pose Their Own Problems
Source: chronicle.com • 09-Jan-19
Shifting Focus of Publishers Signals Tough Times for Textbook Authors
Source: insidehighered.com • 12-Dec-18
Salt Lake Community College honored for use of free online resources in math curriculum
Source: ksl.com • 02-Jan-19
$352 for a textbook? Rising costs leave some students bookless; KU student leader wants to change that
Source: ljworld.com • 24-Dec-18
It takes a lot of effort to compare textbook prices - it seems deliberately obfuscated. The same textbook pictured in the article is $269 online at Amazon and there's another version that includes an access card for $400. Then again, there are scammy looking websites selling pdf versions for $20.
Rising costs leave some students bookless; KU student leader wants to change that
Source: ljworld.com • 24-Dec-18
New zero-cost textbook program saves ACC students more than $2.1 million
Source: austincc.edu • 10-Dec-18
Free educational resources encourage student success at RVCC
Source: mycentraljersey.com • 17-Dec-18
Amazon Cracks Down on Counterfeit Textbook Sellers
Source: cnbc.com • 13-Dec-18
California Considers Cutting Community College Cost
Source: ca.gov • 03-Dec-18
Last year California made the first year of community college free for full-time students. Assembly Bill 2 would extend the benefit to 2 years.
CALPIRG begins “Affordable Textbook” campaign
Source: highlandernews.org • 04-Dec-18
Almost 80% of the textbook industry is dominated by 5 publishing companies that make books so expensive most students skip buying them
Source: businessinsider.com • 04-Dec-18
OER: A Field Guide for Academic Librarians
Source: pacificu.edu • 04-Dec-18
Do you yearn to be an OER champion? The Pacific University Press has published the Field Guide for Academic Librarians, full of strategies for advocacy an case studies.
A print version is also available.
UA Cossatot wins state award
Source: texarkanagazette.com • 28-Nov-18
Statewide Data on OER Savings
Source: insidehighered.com • 16-Nov-18
The North Dakota state auditor has produced a nice report on the success of its 2016 OER investment, showing a savings to students of between $1.1 million and $2.4 million from a modest outlay of $107,250. The story got some exposure
on a local Bismark news outlet.
Open textbook pilot should be made permanent
Source: baltimoresun.com • 20-Nov-18
Lakelands schools push free alternatives to costly textbooks
Source: indexjournal.com • 23-Nov-18