Archive | August, 2012

Amazon Takes On Chegg, B&N And Others With Its New Paper Textbook Rental Service

30 Aug

Last year, Amazon launched electronic textbook rentals for Kindle users that guaranteed to save scholars up to eighty percent of their textbooks’ list costs.  Now, in time for back-to-school season, the Seattle-based company has launched a rental service for good old paper textbooks.

This programme, claims Amazon, can save U.S.  Scholars  up to seventy percent off the regular retail price, and scholars will be permitted to keep the books for 130 days.

Scholars , unless they join Amazon Prime or order books worth a bit more than $25 (not hard to do!), must pay for outbound shipping, but Amazon will look after the return delivery charges.  Amazon does not guarantee the books will be new, though , but points out that scholars can return any books if they’re not pleased with inside thirty days and receive a complete refund. Like your school library, Amazon will also charge late penalties for books that are not returned in good time.  The company will instantly extend the rental period for late books by fifteen days and charge scholars a charge for this.  After fifteen days, it’ll charge the full price.  It’s worth pointing out that other corporations, including Barnes & Noble and Chegg.com, have long offered an identical service also.

Given the high costs of textbooks ( even on Amazon, $150 per book isn’t bizarre for some new textbooks, after all ), renting textbooks is frequently a nice option and an improved deal than attempting to sell books back to the campus bookstore after the semester is over.  While e-textbook rental, whether from Amazon or its rivals, are typically a bit less expensive than paper textbooks, many scholars still like a paper copy.

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Students choose print textbooks

29 Aug

As more education establishments adopt tech-savvy approaches to education, a report by Internet2 shows that scholars are bucking this digital-forward trend, preferring textbooks to e-textbooks.  The  University of Virginia was among 5 schools taking part in the pilot e-textbook programme last spring commissioned by Internet2, a not-for-profit networking partnership.  The Internet2 pilot project sought to appraise the cost efficacy and general feasibleness of e-textbook adoption on a broader scale an idea formerly recommended by varied  College  officers planning to expand into e-learning.  But questions linger about the potential far-reaching use of e-textbooks at the  school, declared J. Milton Adams, vice provost for educational programs.  “One of the large questions would be regardless of whether it could reduce costs for scholars, instead of coughing up for a published textbook,” Adams expounded.

The report, which Todd Sednak of Internet2 asserted is founded upon a pilot conducted from the start of 2012 till the end of the spring semester, revealed that scholars were disgruntled with the readability and special digital features offered by e-textbooks.

Scholars  agree e-textbooks might be a less expensive option.  “It may be a smart idea because it is a lot less expensive, and it’s better than having to carry around textbooks,” claimed fourth-year Commerce student Svea Hardwick.

Assembled information from 5 establishments showed clearly that though  scholars feted the quantity of flexibleness the e-textbooks offered, they don’t often utilised the special digital features of the e-textbooks.  Cornell ; the  University of California, Berkeley ; the  University of Minnesota and the  University of Wisconsin, Madison also took part in the programme.  The UV’s project team was composed from the Office of the Vice Chairman and Chief  Info  Officer, which sponsored all core project costs, and IT Services, which incorporated the e-textbook software into UVaCollab, according to the report.  Sednak announced Internet2 is presently conducting a pilot with the  College  and more than twenty-five other schools.

Open Textbooks Explained

26 Aug

Flat World  Knowledge, an open textbook publishing house, was given recognition by nothing less than the North American Library organisation in December 2010.    The publisher was included in the association’s  ‘Outstanding Business Reference Sources.  ‘ It’s a major accomplishment for opensource textbooks.  An opensource textbook is a book printed under a special open license.  It isn’t the same as normal textbooks in that it can be accessed, downloaded, read, printed out, or distributed at much less expensive costs if not absolutely free.  The publishers and writers supply the full authorization for the more  ‘open ‘ use of their books by users / readers.  Modern tutors and scholars see opensource reference materials as the likely best response to the decades-long challenges referring to accessibility of standard textbooks.  The books tweak the normal publishing model, that has been understood to be blitzed by challenges.  The New Media  Partnership  in its 2010 Horizon Report has identified open textbooks as major elements of fast progressing open content adoption in further education.  Production starts with the supposed open textbook publishers.

It is awfully rare for conventional book publishers to consent to make their titles open due to business and earnings concerns.  Therefore , open textbook publishers have to provide their own books.  They hire writers, which are typically teachers to provide the content.

Image rights clearing will need to be undergone.  Categorical  photographs will need to be cleared for each project and even for reuse in more titles.  As proved by open textbook publishers, it is generally difficult to get clearances and authorization to use certain photographs when manufacturing opensource books.  But it can be attainable.  There are even personal setups that create opensource books for printing and distribution.

US-based CK12 is an illustrative example of those. The key target of the group is to help lower overall education cost across the land thru production and distribution which can on occasion be ideal reference materials for learning in particular courses. Writers and publishers will rationally not generate revenue from producing and vending of opensource textbooks.  Therefore , there are countless setups that are providing grants or other types of fiscal motivations for production and release of open approved textbooks.

Frequently the reference materials are made accessible and printable online in order to noticeably trim down any probable printing cost on the publisher.

Jules Mariano is a full-time freelance search engine and social media  marketing specialist and a web developer specializing in web content  development. He is the co-founder of VPRO Digital Marketing. He currently writes  for BookGator.

BookGator is a social platform where students, instructors, and student  interest groups can work together to reduce cost of textbooks and education in general. Visit their site to learn  more about how to save more on college textbooks.

Textbook Savings Ideas

20 Aug

Savings ideas for textbooks

Used books.  Some scholars still require the physical feel of a book with pages in their hands. Before you purchase new, figure out if you can obtain a second user copy.

The library.  Most university libraries have 1 or 2 copies of favored varsity textbooks.  See if you can obtain one for the semester, or if it is held on reserve, drop by the library when you’ve got to read a chapter.

Share. If you happen to have a mate taking the same class, share the book, and work out a study schedule.

Sell your books back. You are not going to become wealthy at the end of the semester, but reselling them beats just letting the books collect dust on your book shelf if you do not think you will ever use them again.  Try selling to your campus book shop, posting notices in buildings or selling thru your own web market on a credible internet site.

Opensource.  A comparatively new idea, open textbooks permit scholars to pick how they read, whether or not it’s a digital copy freely a file they print themselves, or a paid print copy.

College textbook spending declining?

10 Aug

Students feel they spent a little bit less on textbooks and other course materials this last year compared against 2 years back, and virtually $50 less matched against 5 years back, according to a study released Tues. by the National Association of College Stores. In the survey, scholars said they spent a average of $655 on needed course materials in fall 2011 — down from $667 in 2009 and $702 in 2007. The varsity stores organisation assigned the fall to school bookstores offering more used textbooks and providing more rental options. But the survey didn’t ask scholars why they believed they were spending less than scholars before them.