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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…)

Bulk-Purchasing eTextbooks and Moving Around the Bookstore

As reported by The Chronicle’s Wired Campus, a new business model is emerging, one that seeks to deliver eTextbooks directly to students through bulk purchases by schools. Instead of the traditional model by which a professor adopts a book then notifies the bookstore and then the student purchases the book, the new model works directly with the department to sell the school a bulk-license and access to a digital platform. The eBooks broker is Courseload and the publisher in the initial pilot is McGraw-Hill’s education publishing division. (more…)

SimpleTuition Acquires ValoreBooks

In an acquision that has been largely known for a while, official word finaly will come today to confirm the purchase of Valorebooks.com by Simple Tuition. SimpleTuition has spent the last year expanding beyond the simple student loan comparison site that it once once. The company now offers credit cards, banking, payback and cost adjusters to help the college student compare financial aid awards and see which schools they can afford. (more…)