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There is an old Arabian proverb, “If the camel once gets his nose in the tent, his body will soon follow.” It may apply to Wiley & O’Reilly creating another important crack in the DRM wall. O’Reilly Media has always been a vocal supporter of DRM-free ebooks. The company is beginning to convince other important publishers that DRM-free is the way to go.
Today O’Reilly and Wiley announced that O’Reilly will become an online distributor for Wiley’s technology ebook program. This includes famous brands like For Dummies, Wrox, and Sybex. All told, nine imprints are covered with over 3,000 individual items.
“Partnering with another publisher, one that shares and embraces similar digital content ideals—where content is made available to customers in multiple digital formats, all without DRM—is particularly gratifying…”
When something as big as the For Dummies series goes DRM-free, then it may become the proverbial camel’s nose.
John Wiley announced today a new collaboration with TED, the non-profit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, to create and supply instructor materials for the recently launched series of “TED Studies.”
Many schools and educational institutions love to incorporate TEDTalks into their curriculum. It adds a new dimension to lectures and course study material, and it’s about it get kicked up a notch. To support the demand for integrating TEDTalks into classroom coursework, TED created TED Studies – 21 collections of curated talks, organized into popular academic subject areas. Wiley will commission instructor materials to accompany TED’s offering to educators. These materials will be offered at no cost with TED’s video content on iTunesU, Wiley.com, and other platforms around the world.
Many academics who are very specialized will be developing the instructor materials for Ted Studies. Each set of instructor materials will include contextualizing essays, assignment questions and activities, key debates, experiments, and glossaries relating to the TEDTalks. Links to related content from Wiley and other publishers will be included for lecturers to share with students, or for lifelong learners to interact with directly.
“Combining the TEDTalks series for academia with Wiley’s high-quality, customized educational materials and expertise creates a powerful new resource for effective, flexible, and personalized teaching and learning,” said Stephen M. Smith, Wiley’s President and Chief Executive Officer.