Tuesday, June 21, 2011

AcademicPub Signs Leading Publishers & Sets Key Distribution Partnership

We are thrilled to announce that Springer is the newest addition to the AcademicPub Content Library. The content from this well-respected, international publisher now brings the total pieces of high quality, in-demand journal articles, business cases, book chapters, and other content in our library to the many hundreds of thousands. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has also joined the platform. Now, instructors have even more content to choose from in the real-time creation of their custom books.

Second, for the for-profit (career college) market, we have partnered with industry leader, Ambassador College Bookstores, to significantly expand the platform’s distribution.

Finally, with the formation of an Academic Advisory Board, we now have a team in place to help us continually improve the platform. 

For more details on these recent developments, see the full press release on our media page located here.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Higher Education Trends Driving Custom Books

The adoption of custom books is accelerating on college campuses nationwide. While hard to find precise figures, we estimate that approximately 25% of course materials use custom product that the professor or institution chooses to meet specific course or educational objectives. These custom books can be either print or digital and delivered in a variety of ways.

Here are a couple of things driving this trend—

· Custom books can have a positive impact on areas like business that are combining traditional content and material from other disciplines. See Blueprint for a Better Business Curriculum at the Chronicle of Higher Education.

· Tailoring of content to meet specific demands of students and other constituents. Many college programs work with local industry to tailor work force development specific to that geographic audience. See Economic and Workforce Development, California Community Colleges http://www.cccewd.net/business_training.cfm

Check back for further discussion of custom books in higher education. We will share highlights from research reports, industry information, market trends, and user experiences as they relate to custom content.

Friday, June 10, 2011

AcademicPub visits EduComm

Next week we'll be at the EduComm Conference in Orlando, as an exhibitor in booth 711.  So if you happen to be in the vicinity of the Hilton at Walt Disney World from June 13-15, please drop by.  Deb Exum, our National Accounts Manager will be conducting demonstrations of our platform, and looking to speak with as many folks as we can meet.  Watch this space, and we'll report on the goings on...

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Our Content Library Expands to Meet Your Needs

We’re pleased to announce five new publishing partners who have joined our content library. These additional materials give you even more options to build quality, cutting-edge custom course materials. Our new partners are:
  • Ashgate Publishing, a United Kingdom-based independent press dedicated to publishing the finest academic materials in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Business Expert Press, a comprehensive resource for business education with applied, concise books by experts for non-experts.
  • Peter Lang Publishing/USA, the North American division of the Peter Lang International Publishing Group, which specializes in the publication of advanced textbooks in education, media and communication, and Black studies for classroom use, as well as monographs in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Rand Corporation, a nonprofit institution that conducts research and analysis in numerous disciplines.
  • Royal Society of Chemistry, the largest organization in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences.
These publishers join 21 previously announced partners in the AcademicPub Library, bringing the current total of publishing partners to 26 entities, plus various individual textbook authors. Sign up for a free account today at AcademicPub to check the content library for materials you’d like to use to enhance student learning in your classes.