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Textbook Transformation Ahead?

By Net Assets posted 6 days ago


(from Inside Higher Ed) The textbook publishing industry is considering large-scale transformation that could significantly alter the business and consumption of course materials. The industry faces numerous pressures such as larger rental and used book markets and free open educational resource providers. 

The new model is called, among other things, all students acquire, day-one access, digital direct access and inclusive access. Instead of shopping for their own textbooks, students pay a course fee that provides access to course materials -- delivered digitally unless students pay extra for a print-on-demand copy -- on the first day of class. The inclusive-access model is common at some for-profit colleges but gaining traction in other sectors of higher education. 

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