Open-access chemistry textbooks gain popularity
Source: acs.org • 18-Mar-19
Nebraska unveils Open Educational Resources Hub
Source: starherald.com • 01-Mar-19
Free Textbooks Pilot Program to Be Offered — At ECC This Summer
Source: emissourian.com • 11-Mar-19
“It’s easy to get overly excited about this”
Board of Regents help reduce college textbook costs
Source: thenewsstar.com • 04-Mar-19
Northeast Missisippi Offers Degree That Eliminates Traditional Textbooks
Source: wcbi.com • 04-Mar-19
2.2M Students Used OpenStax Free Textbooks in 2018
Source: rice.edu • 21-Feb-19
A bit of a repeat of the Rice University press release from 6 months ago, but includes OpenStax's list of top 10 schools saving student's money with OpenStax Free Textbooks (7 community colleges, 3 universities). Pasadena City College gets the top spot and picks up some local press.
Rethinking Tuition and Textbooks
Source: thecrimson.com • 21-Feb-19
Free college tuition gains traction in Statehouse
Source: vtdigger.org • 18-Feb-19
This is early in the life-cycle of a bill and it's not really free college. Like all the other "free tuition" programs, its a last-dollar scholarship that kicks in after the student has exhausted all other available funding.
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