Thousands of university staff in the UK are launching a probe into the high cost of academic ebooks. They state that the ebook prices are increasing without any rhyme or reason. "Price rises are common, sudden and appear arbitrary" with some digital books increasing by 200%, they say in a letter to Education Committee MPs.Universities are having their budgets stretched thin … [Read more...] about UK Universities investigating the high cost of ebooks
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Average student spending on college textbooks and course materials continued to decline during the fall semester of 2020, dropping 7% compared to the same term last year. According to Student Monitor, average student spending on course materials was $186 for the Fall 2020 semester, a decline of 7% when compared to the Fall 2019 spend of $199. The decline was primarily the … [Read more...] about Decline in Student Spending on Textbooks Continues
There are two new reports that have been issued that takes a look at student spending on textbooks and digital textbooks The results are particularly compelling because two different research firms, using two different methodologies, arrived at roughly the same conclusion regarding the multi-year decline in student spending on course materials.Student Monitor’s LIFESTYLE … [Read more...] about Student spending on Textbooks continue to Decline
A couple of months ago a 2019 Good e-Reader published a report from Student Monitor showed campusa decline of 29 percent in student spending on learning materials over the past five years. The Student Monitor findings are the result of comprehensive, one-on-one, on-campus interviews with four-year, full-time undergraduates attending 93 colleges and universities.Average … [Read more...] about The average student spent $205 to buy or rent course materials
Cengage, Elsevier, Macmillan Learning, McGraw-Hill, and Pearson have just filed a lawsuit against a pirated website that is distributing all of their digital textbooks for free. This is not the first time they have banded together to deal a crippling blow to pirates. In 2018 they won a case against another site and won a judgement of $34 million.According to the lawsuit … [Read more...] about Textbook Publishers file a lawsuit against pirate websites
Student spending on textbooks have dropped significantly in the past five years. The Association of American Publishers reports that spending has dropped 35% during this time period. “When it comes to acquiring course materials students have more choice – and more affordable alternatives – than ever, including rental options for both print and digital materials, loose-leaf … [Read more...] about Student spending on textbooks has dropped 35%
According to a study, a single textbook can sell as high as $200 irrespective of how long the student is expected to use it. The costs continue to skyrocket despite the availability of digital books, an option that is usually considered a bit cheaper.In a bid to help you save on textbooks, we have combed through the internet to identify the best sources of free textbooks. … [Read more...] about Where to Find Free Textbooks Online?
Pearson is the largest publisher involved in textbooks for colleges and universities. The company has announced they are abandoning print and are only going to focus on digital. This is being done because most of their digital textbooks are delivered on a subscription basis and the content can also be updated responsively and incorporate videos and assessments that provide … [Read more...] about Pearson abandons print textbooks and is going to focus on digital
When people (re: students) complain about the outrageous cost of higher education, they're usually referring to astronomical tuition increases, seemingly endless student fees, and of course, multi-million dollar bribes to get Junior into his party school of choice. What is often overlooked at first is the inexcusable cost of textbooks, which have risen by more than 88% just … [Read more...] about Textbook Prices Continue to Rise Despite Digital Access
In unsurprising news, yet another study has concluded that children prefer, interact with, and retain information better when reading a print book instead of an ebook. In this recent study, the example cited was actually toddlers, and the data demonstrated in some way that the children interacted more readily and more profoundly with the text when holding a print book instead … [Read more...] about Children Prefer Print Books…Are We Still Surprised?
In what has to be one of the best viral feel-good stories in recent weeks, the internet is going crazy for a woman who reads children's books aloud on Facebook Live. The woman isn't just a book lover with a social media account, though, she's Belinda George, a long-time educator and first-year elementary school principal from Texas.For some background, Texas falls well … [Read more...] about Social Reading Just Got a Lot Sweeter
Digital textbooks were supposed to revolutionize and equalize education. By enabling access to uploaded, updated materials to students around the world, schools and families alike could be spared at least some of the expense that typically goes along with printed textbooks.So what happened? The widespread, world-changing adoption that the industry foresaw for so long has … [Read more...] about 2.2M Students Used Free OpenStax Digital Textbooks Last Year