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Mashable.com: The Case For Making Online Textbooks Open Source [INFOGRAPHIC]
“As companies compete to digitize the textbook market, there is one approach that shakes the traditional publishing business model: open source textbooks, whose proponents believe online educational tomes should be free. Many universities, including MIT and Carnegie Mellon, post course lectures online for free use. A New York Times article last year explained some of the barriers to applying the same approach to textbooks…”

 
 
MarketWire: BookRenter Announces the Next Evolution of the BookRenter Platform Built to Solidify College Stores as the Ultimate Source for Affordable Textbooks
“BookRenter, the largest and fastest growing textbook platform, today announced a major evolution of its platform that will make it easier for college bookstores to leverage their local advantage and compete more effectively for the business of the students they serve. Building on the momentum of its initial offering — adopted by more than 500 stores in 2010 — BookRenter’s expanded platform gives local stores integrated mobile and in-store tools to help them better compete for students’ business against ecommerce sites…”DigitalSignageToday.com Barnes & Noble College Booksellers to Launch DOOH Network
“Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, the bookseller’s subsidiary and operator of college and university bookstores, has announced a new partnership with Scentsa Media Networks to launch a digital signage network of roughly 1,000 screens in more than 400 of the company’s campus bookstores. The College Bookstore Media Network will provide live, high-definition media streams to stores and will present a wide array of content specifically designed for college students. Using both local and national sources, the program will feature videos, news briefs, sports, local weather, and university updates to enhance the student and faculty in-store experience…”

News at Princeton: Purchasing Textbooks to Be Streamlined, More Economical for Princeton Students
Princeton University will introduce a new software tool on Blackboard this fall intended to enable students to more easily purchase textbooks, and will implement a pilot discount program for students who buy their coursebooks through Labyrinth Books, the University’s bookstore. The discount will be 30 percent below the retail price for new and used books. The new program will be available Sept. 1. Students will be provided with more detailed information through email and online before they return to campus in the fall. ‘This software tool will offer students a simple way to get reading lists and an efficient system for purchasing their books locally,’ said Peter Quimby, deputy dean of the college…”

PR Newswire: College Education is a Scam Says New Documentary
“The National Inflation Association officially released the most comprehensive documentary ever produced about higher education in the U.S. NIA’s hour-long documentary called ‘College Conspiracy’ exposes the facts and truth about America’s college education system. ‘College Conspiracy’ was produced over a six-month period by NIA’s team of expert Austrian economists with the help of thousands of NIA members who contributed their ideas and personal stories for the film. NIA believes the U.S. college education system is a scam that turns vulnerable young Americans into debt slaves for life…”

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