E-Book, In-House

Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed, Nov 07, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The American Public University System has announced the launch of a new in-house publishing service that will allow it to distribute textbooks to its 85,000 students for free. The textbooks will be written by university staff and distributed digitally. According to this Inside Higher Ed article, critics are concerned about the quality of the planned works, and ownership of online materials created by faculty. But according to university staff, contents will be well-vetted, and faculty will be well compensated. And it may, according to the article, be part of a wider trend where "scholarship now can be easily packaged and disseminated, which has led to 'increasing pressure on faculty to assign their rights to the institution.'"
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