Friday, March 7, 2014

Ithaka S+R > Opening The Textbook: New Opportunities for Libraries and Publishers

In our latest issue brief, Nancy Maron, Ithaka S+R program director for Sustainability and Scholarly Communications, explores how these new models might develop, and proposes that there may be a role for academic libraries and university presses in this space.

"Perhaps the best of class textbooks could be produced through campus collaborations. University presses have needed expertise in developing collections, editing manuscripts, and managing distribution channels; libraries have a strong position on campus to support faculty and students and could identify useful materials, whether created on campus or elsewhere." 

>>> Thanks to Cable Green <<<

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Friday, February 21, 2014

JISC > Call for Participation: Institution as e-Textbook Publisher

February 28 2014

We are today releasing a new call inviting UK higher education institutions (HEIs) and further education colleges (FECs) to participate in a three year national project to explore the viability of institutions becoming e-textbook publishers.

The project is looking to assess the following question:

Will the institution as e-textbook creator help students by providing a more affordable higher education, and promote a better, more sustainable information environment for libraries, students and faculty?

To participate in this call, bidders are required to:

  • Read the call documentation carefully
  • Submit a proposal that meets the requirements as listed in the call. This includes a project plan, risk register, budget and documentation to demonstrate your team’s skills and expertise.

Given that the focus of this call is on colleges and universities becoming publishers of e-textbooks, all bids must be led by one or more FECs or HEIs. To be clear, it is possible for institutions to group together to collaborate. In addition, FECs/HEIs bidding may subcontract parts of the work to other bodies (such as a university press, open access publisher, open source technology developer etc).

Successful bidders will be required to: 

  • demonstrate knowledge and experience of current and recent e-textbook practice and developments in the UK and elsewhere in the context of current pedagogic practice
  • produce two e-textbooks with appropriate functionality
  • document and cost the processes and staffing required to produce them
  • release and disseminate the e-textbooks using a specific business and licensing model
  • provide reports at the end of each year 
  • participate in the dissemination and sharing of knowledge and results to the UK education sector

How to submit a proposal:

Read through the Call for participation: Operational Requirement and the annexes
All bidders must register intent to submit a bid by emailing
All clarifications must be raised via
Submit your proposal by 5 March 2014 at

Download the Call for participation and annexes below


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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

NISO Two-Part Webinar: E-books for Education Part 2: Open Textbook Initiatives > September 17 2014 > 12:00 p.m. (ET)

About the Webinar

Just as open access has revolutionized the world of journal literature, so too is it Increasingly being advocated in the e-textbook world. Part 2 of E-books for Education will focus on the efforts to make textbooks electronically available under free open copyright licenses as part of the broader open educational resources movement.



Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, NISO


Registration closes on September 17, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (ET)



  • NISO Member > $143.00 (US and Canada) / $164.00 (International)
  • NASIG Member > $143.00
  • Non-Member > $188.00 (US and Canada)  / 224.00 (International)
  • Student / $74.00
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PDX Open: Reducing Student Textbook Costs

About PDX Open

Would you like your students to have access to textbooks completely customized to your course and pedagogical design?

Would you like to lower the cost of textbooks for your students?

The Library has an established infrastructure, PDXScholar, to provide PSU faculty a stable, easily accessible and discoverable, permanent, online space on which to publish open textbooks for PSU courses.

To spur this effort, up to five grants for PSU faculty are available. Textbooks developed through this initiative project should be available for roll out in courses offered Fall 2014 or Winter 2015.

$2500 to develop an open access textbook

Grant funds may be used to support the costs associated with developing the textbook, e.g. copyediting and layout, contribution towards course buyout, GA support, etc.

Proposals from individual PSU faculty members or from a group of faculty members are welcome.

Awards will be made by a selection committee comprised of Faculty Senate Library Committee members, Library faculty, an instructional designer from the Office of Academic Innovation, and a representative from ASPSU.

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The Future of Digital Textbooks

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ticEDUCA 2012: Digital Textbooks Platforms: Trends and Technologies

Analyzing the user experience of digital textbooks and platforms requires some contextual and background research. This was done by analyzing 14 of the most prominent platforms and auxiliary modules.

There were fourteen main platforms briefly analyzed along with their most significant  solutions and resources. Through this analysis it was possible to find some common features and other distinct implementations that can contribute to future work in this area.

In conclusion, there are some contextualized trends observed in the analysis and some considerations to be made regarding the future of digital textbooks.

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IAE-PEDIA > Open Source Textbooks

1 Introduction
2 Developing Free Educational Materials
3 Clearly, An International Movement
4 Publishing Textbook Types of Materials
5 Free, But Not Open Source
6 Free Books and Journals
7 Newspapers (Google)
8 Some Local and National Writing Projects
8.1 Community College Consortium
8.2 Connexions Project
8.3 College Textbooks
8.4 Reusable Learning Objects
8.5 Wikibooks
8.6 Free Math Texts
8.7 Free Tech Books
9 Courses and Course Content
10 Copyright and Fair Use
11 Other Related Open Source Topics
12 References
13 Links to Other IAE Resources
13.1 IAE Blog
13.2 IAE Newsletter
13.3 IAE-pedia (IAE's Wiki)
13.4 I-A-E Books and Miscellaneous Other
14 Author or Authors

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Open Textbooks for Hong Kong Project

Commencing in January 2013, our project aims to establish a sustainable system which provides free open textbooks at various levels and areas of study for adoption and adaptation. We believe that education should be accessible to all and that learning and teaching will be enhanced when efforts are shared.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Open Source Textbooks: A Paradigm Derived from Open Source Software


This work exposes a new paradigm for the creation and publication of textbooks: open source. The phrase open source is borrowed from the computer software industry, where the word source has a technical meaning explained in this paper; open source software is software which has been developed by many collaborators using the internet to produce a final product. The contributors receive no financial compensation, yet there have been many successful open source software

projects (Linux, Open Office, Apache, etc.). Open source textbooks use a similar financial model; the authors and contributors receive no direct financial compensation for their work. Contributors are listed in the produced work as primary author(s), co-authors, contributors, minor contributors, etc. according to the magnitude of their contribution. The produced work is available free for users on the internet. This paper will explain the open source process and will provide justification for open source as an effective paradigm; it will also present some existing open source textbook projects, as well as the author’s own open source textbook project.

Beyond Textbooks The open source paradigm could easily be applied to books other than textbooks. Histories, essays, and other works of nonfiction could be produced with the open source model as well. Consider the author who spends the better part of his/her life collecting information for an extensive account of an historic event; he/she is probably motivated by factors other than pure profit. Such books could be produced much more quickly by cooperating authors using open source.

Publishing Research Quarterly / January 2014

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Open Textbooks Could Help Students Financially and Academically

As the price of college textbooks continues to increase, more students are opting to skip the books even if their grades suffer, a survey conducted by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group has found. In a report released on Monday, the group said open textbooks—written by faculty members, peer-reviewed, and available free online—could help make textbooks affordable again.

For the report, “Fixing the Broken Textbook Market,” more than 2,000 students at 156 college campuses in 33 states were surveyed during the fall of 2013. Sixty-five percent of the students said they were not buying all of their required textbooks because of the books’ cost, and 94 percent of those who didn’t buy the books reported being concerned about how that would affect their grades. About 48 percent said that the cost of textbooks had influenced their decisions about which and how many classes to take.

The research group estimates that each student could save about $100 per class by using open textbooks. Those are textbooks with open copyright licenses that are available free online, although students who want printed versions would pay modest fees.


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Monday, January 27, 2014

Slides Now Available > Free Webinar > Open Textbook Publishing and Adoptions > February 5 2014 > 2:00 pm (ET)

Free the Textbook
January 27, 2014

Recent research conducted by the OER Research Hub indicates that nearly 60% of community college faculty choose OER and open textbooks based on the reputation of the institution  or recommendations from trusted colleagues. Join us on Wed, February 5, at 11:00 am (PT), 2:00 pm (ET) to hear about two high-quality open textbook publishing initiatives, one through the State University of New York (SUNY) and the other through OpenStax College at Rice University.  Our featured speakers will share their experiences with publishing open textbooks for use by both faculty and students and share their open textbook adoption strategies.

Cyril Oberlander, Director of Library Services at SUNY Geneseo heads up the SUNY Open Textbook initiative which publishes high-quality, cost-effective course resources by engaging faculty as authors and peer-reviewers, and libraries as a publishing service and infrastructure. They have released three open textbooks this last fall in their planned series of fifteen open textbooks in various disciplines.

David Harris, Editor-in-chief OpenStax College at Rice University’s Connexions project. OpenStax College is a nonprofit organization committed to improving student access to quality learning materials. Their free textbooks are developed and peer-reviewed by educators to ensure they are readable, accurate, and meet the scope and sequence requirements of college courses. Their first six books released over the last two years are focused on general education courses and are gaining adoptions.


No pre-registration is necessary. 

Click on [Webinar] link on the day of the webinar to login and listen.

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