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Musings on the End of Print as the eTextbooks Debate Heats Up

We’re not even three weeks into this month and already October has seen the Digital vs. Print Textbooks debate really heat up and some heavy hitters, including Education Secretary Arne Duncan, weigh in with the bold statement “Over the next few years, textbooks should be obsolete.” That’s provocative stuff and there’s a lot more to the story and good points made from all angles. (more…)

Textbook Guru – Recap

Another rush has ended and before we know it the holiday’s will be here. As we end the 3rd quarter I thought I would do another round up of the some of the most-important and most-read Textbook Guru posts. The big update over the past quarter has been the launch of the new blog. Let me know how you like you. www.thetextbookguru.com (more…)

Free Textbooks in Canada

It seems that the race is on to create free textbooks and British Columbia is joining the State of California in making available content for the most popular post-secondary courses.

Similar to the recent bill passed in California, the B.C. government is joining the growing movement of using Open Educational Resources and will look to start implementing its own open textbook policy in the 2013-2014 school year. (more…)

When the Walls Come Tumbling Down: The Fall of Chuck Jones

The stories about Chuck Jones keep getting more bizarre, not to mention frightening and downright sad. In case, you’re not up to speed on this strange saga, let me fill you in. Chuck Jones is the former CEO of South Eastern Book Company (SE Books) and CollegeBookRenter.com. Since roughly the beginning of the year, Jones has been plagued by allegations of deceit and misdirection. About two weeks ago, he stepped down as CEO and the wholesale company South Eastern Book closed its doors. Late last week, the story got more interesting and more complicated. It seems that Mr Jones, in addition to his mishandling the book-company money, had also purchased a printing company and was making illegal copies of top textbooks, swapping them out and renting them under the original ISBNs. What?!?! (more…)

Infographic – Free Textbooks in California

Over the past six months we have followed the new legislation in California for the first national digital textbook library. With the law passing the legislature it is now awaiting the Governor’s signature. To demonstrate the benefit of the law, 20 Million Minds created an infographic to show the benefit. (more…)