Monday, December 17, 2012

AcademicPub Introduces New Features

We're excited to announce some new features to the AcademicPub platform!

The first is the instructor dashboard and cloud storage We've taken all the various tools you need for managing your completed books and put them in one easily accessible, simple to use dashboard. From here you can:

  • Grab the link your students need for direct purchases from AcademicPub.
  • See how many of your students have purchased course materials to this point.
  • Download your personal, complimentary desk copy.
  • Easily re-adopt a book you've used in the past for next semester.
  • Archive a book you're no longer using, with the option to easily recover it in two clicks next time you want to use it.
Next up is Instructor Access to the AcademicPub iPad Reader™.


In August we introduced a proprietary iPad Reader that provides students with an option for not just reading and getting their material on the go, but also for expertly navigating course materials. We're now proud to offer that same application for use by instructors, allowing any professor with an iPad to :
  • Add Bookmarks
  • Enter Notes
  • View in Multiple Layouts
  • Zoom, Pan, and Scan Content
  • Enjoy links to Related Material and Rich Media
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Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Huffington Post on the Rising Cost of Textbooks

Our CEO, Caroline Vanderlip, has an article in The Huffington Post today regarding the rising cost of textbooks and one university's cost cutting measure that could spark industry wide-dialogue.

The rising cost of textbooks has been vexing college administrators for decades. And in more recent years, with the annual cost of college reaching what many consider to be a tipping point that could negatively impact enrollment, the problem has received even more scrutiny. 
Some schools have jumped headfirst into the controversy, striking deals with publishers in which the institution underwrites the cost of textbooks and then charges students an all-inclusive fee for course materials. This approach may save money, but it's a blow to academic freedom.

And sure to to visit us today to register and begin creating your course packs for the Spring semester.

And for all the best in ed tech, higher education, and news about AcademicPub itself, be sure to follow or like us on your social network of choice whether that's Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or LinkedIn.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

We're Seeking an Intern!

We are looking for a Winter Break Permissions Intern who is passionate about educational publishing, higher education, technology, and lowering the cost of textbooks.

About SharedBook, Inc:
Located in the downtown New York City, SharedBook is a technology company that enables academic, corporate and consumer partners to dynamically produce personalized and customized books and documents. Please visit us a www.AcademicPub.com and www.SharedBook.com.

Internship Summary:
We are currently recruiting for candidates to join our team as a Winter Break Permissions Intern. As a winter intern you will get hands on experience with copyright clearance, interactions with publishers, discussions with professors, rights management, textbook creation and more. There will also be a chance to be involved in marketing for candidates who are interested.

The chosen intern will have the opportunity to collaborate with key team members who are working on AcademicPub - an exciting new product that is lowering the cost of texts for students while making it easier for professors and bookstores to put together appropriate course materials. 

Qualifications & Experience:

ο Must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate in a 2 or 4-year college. Would also consider highly qualified high school seniors.
ο Computer skills: Excellent internet and search skills, Microsoft Word, scanning, Microsoft Excel.
ο Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
ο Highly organized, efficient and results oriented.
ο Strong professional, interpersonal and teamwork skills.
ο Self-motivated, ability to work on projects autonomously.

Hours: 6-12 a week, flexible.

Contact:
If you are self-motivated, confident and want to get real hands-on experience from skilled and knowledgeable professionals in the educational publishing field, please respond to ssoloway (at) sharedbook(dot)com with a cover letter and your resume.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

AcademicPub and The Price of Textbooks

One of the primary concerns in higher education today and one of the greatest questions is: why don't students buy course materials? We know that students are less likely to buy textbooks when they are more expensive even though students are (far) less likely to succeed in class when they don't have access to the materials.

If we can lower the price of course materials we assume that we can increase the number of students who purchase the books and increase the number of students who have a greater chance at being more successful.

The easy answer is "digital lowers costs," and while that is certainly true in part, as we've covered here in the past, it is not a be all end all solution. Open Educational Resources are a great step forward, but, as recent events have shown, an entirely open model has had trouble remaining all-encompassing, entirely free, or comprehensive enough to provide a breadth of information beyond introductory subjects.

Rather, as we've also noted in the past, the answer seems to reside in content mixing. Particularly the ability to mix, when applicable, Open Educational Resource content along with carefully chosen copyrighted material.

In our opinion, of course, there's an easy solution: AcademicPub™. The ability to add just a little bit of everything, whether it be multimedia content, images, web articles, embedded links, material from our expansive content library, or your own writing, can not only streamline your course, but it can save your students money. Imagine instead of assigning three, four, or five books, you can assign one considerably slimmer book at a considerable lower price point.

That's the future, that's AcademicPub.

Be sure to to visit us today to register and begin creating your course packs for the Spring semester.

And for all the best in ed tech, higher education, and news about AcademicPub itself, be sure to follow or like us on your social network of choice whether that's TwitterFacebookGoogle+ or LinkedIn.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

AcademicPub Lowers Costs For Students


A message from our Vice President of Marketing, and a professor himself, Greg Morris:

Dear Professor,

The New York Times featured an article today about financial worries impacting student performance. AcademicPub can help you help your students. 

AcademicPub™ provides a low cost solution for your course material, from existing course packs to multimedia content including images, web articles & embedded links in your book.

Your Book – Your Way
I just added one chapter from the Kotler Marketing book to my course pack - and the students pay for ONE Chapter. I also added multimedia components and even my slides to my course pack. Everything is in one place for the students available in digital or printed formats.

But, do they pay too much?
I've found the solution, AcademicPub - My Book, My Way.
  • Transparent Costs
  • No Mark-ups
  • Full Royalty clearance
  • DRM protection
  • Just in Time Delivery - digital edition 
I can get any content I need added to my course pack including custom pages from text books. AcademicPub clears content immediately with 164 well-known publisher partners. I can use the platform for clearance or call customer service and they'll add course pack content.

AcademicPub Delivers
  • E-book and print format available
  • Over 5 million pieces of content
  • Add web articles or self-authored content
  • Manual content clearance - we don't have every piece of content, but we'll clear it all for you!
All the Best,

Greg Morris
Vice President, AcademicPub
Adjunct Professor 

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Be sure to to visit us today to register and begin creating your course packs for the Spring semester.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

We've Released a Number of New Features

We're excited today to announce a number of new features available as of right now in AcademicPub and thought we'd take you through a few of them.

As you know, we take seriously all recommendations that professors, teachers, and students give us, and we believe that the newest version of our textbook creation platform allows us to provide you with a more dynamic, powerful finished product than ever before.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Multimedia Now Integral in AcademicPub Custom Books

Embedded Links And QR Codes Enhance Learning Materials 

New York, NY, November 7, 2012 - AcademicPub™, the leading provider of custom books - digital and print - for the higher education community, announced the upcoming addition of multimedia capability, enabling instructors on the platform to add a video, audio or image link to the copyright-cleared product available for student purchase.

The announcement was made by Caroline Vanderlip, CEO of AcademicPub parent SharedBook Inc.

"At every step of the way AcademicPub has worked hand-in-glove with our invaluable team of academic advisors, who envision a future where multiple content elements can be aggregated in a cohesive way for use in the classroom," said Vanderlip. "We offer this capability live on the AcademicPub platform, in time for spring semester adoption."

According to Vanderlip, one of the most common use cases for a professor is the desire to include a YouTube™ video in his or her book. The new AcademicPub multimedia capability makes such an addition seamless, with an instant clarification that no royalty is due, and the provision of a QR code for students who choose to order a printed book, or who may wish to access the material with their mobile device.

The simple-to-access AcademicPub multimedia capability will also enable an instructor to easily insert an infographic they wish to reference, or a photo they hope will illustrate a point. Multiple image formats are supported.

In a separate announcement, AcademicPub unveiled the names of 16 new publishers who have begun to supply content to the burgeoning AcademicPub Content Library, spiking its total number of partners to 164. Now, more than 5 million units of this content can be selected for use in the classroom, in addition to other third-party content, one's own work product, and content from the Web.

Bloomsbury Academic Press, Johns Hopkins University Press and University of North Carolina Press lead the list of new AcademicPub partners, which also includes: Baylor University Press, Cedilla Publishing, Franciscan Institute Press, Island Press, Journal of Korean Studies, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, Plural Publishing, Pan Stanford Publishing, Rodopi Press, University Press of Mississippi, University of Wales Press, and World Bank. A complete list is here.

About AcademicPub

AcademicPub, SharedBook Inc's technology platform for higher education, assembles, composes, prices and delivers custom textbooks - in eBook and/or print format. AcademicPub allows for immediate creation and inclusion of copyright-cleared content from anywhere, such as web articles, self-generated lectures or from the AcademicPub Content Library. Digital or print distribution generates a fast and easy way for educators to provide an engaging educational experience, with lower prices and up-to-the-minute materials for students. More information and free registration for faculty is available at www.academicpub.com. Headquartered in New York since 2004, SharedBook Inc. is privately held and can be found at www.sharedbook.com.

Contact Info:

James A. Boyle
Boyle Public Affairs
jim@boylepublicaffairs.com
571-213-3979

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

An Interview with Berkshire Publishing

As part of an ongoing feature, we've sat down and asked some of our wonderful content partners a number of questions about their businesses, their partnership with us, and the future of the industry. This week we spoke with Berkshire Publishing.

If you're interested in keeping up to date with more interviews like the one below, the state of course materials and ed tech in general, or AcademicPub specifically, be sure to follow us on your social network of choice whether that’s Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or LinkedIn.

Connect to Berkshire Publishing - specializing in international relations, cross-cultural communication, global business and economic information, and environmental sustainability - on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Pinterest.

Full Interview Below.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Jones & Bartlett Learning and AcademicPub Partner

Jones & Bartlett Learning and AcademicPubTM Partner on Custom Publishing Initiative


Burlington, MA --Jones & Bartlett Learning, a world-leading provider of instructional, assessment, and learning-performance management solutions for the secondary, post-secondary, and professional markets, announced its partnership with AcademicPub, the leading provider of custom print and digital books for higher education. Together the two will provide a custom, lower-cost textbook experience that allows educators to quickly create their own custom course materials using an easy-to-use, specialized platform.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

AcademicPub Embraces Role as "Online Enabler"

Successful Partnership with Canada's Simon Fraser University Paves Way for Creation of AcademicPub CustomLink™, Dedicated to Universities' Online Courses 

New York, NY, October 17, 2012 - AcademicPub™, the leading provider of custom books - print and digital - for the higher education market, today announced the creation of AcademicPub CustomLink™ (ACL), a move that demonstrates the unit of SharedBook Inc.'s full embrace of its role as an "online enabler" for traditional non-profit schools that are moving to increase their course offerings via the Internet.

The announcement was made by Caroline Vanderlip, CEO, SharedBook Inc.

"Online courses are designed to be flexible and to meet the demands of a wide range of learners," said Vanderlip. "Course materials are a key component of that flexibility, and we take very seriously our responsibility to provide the highest quality materials at the lowest price."

Vanderlip added: "More and more colleges and universities are realizing that AcademicPub is the ideal partner to help them accomplish their educational mission online. AcademicPub CustomLink - or ACL - will be the go-to team that propels us to be the best "online enabler" in the higher education community."

As an example of the kind of work that ACL will perform, Vanderlip cited a recently forged partnership with Simon Fraser University's (SFU) Center for Online and Distance Education (CODE) that will result in nearly 100 CODE classes utilizing course materials provided by AcademicPub this Spring.

"We are proud to have gained the trust and confidence of SFU leadership, especially those who are responsible for designing courses in its CODE program," said Vanderlip. "They have put in place a rigorous online course of study that leverages the course materials to affect the best possible outcomes. Our provision of materials for some CODE courses this past summer, and the positive results of that test, paved the way for a broader relationship with SFU and spurred us to create ACL to serve the many other traditional schools seeking to expand their online class offerings."

Instructors who teach at one of SFU's three physical campuses, or in CODE, can create the materials for their classes from four sources - the vast AcademicPub Content Library (which now houses more than 5 million easy-to-use pieces of content), third party content, the Web and their own work product.

The AcademicPub platform allows an instructor to assemble his book from these multiple sources. Once the content is assembled, one keystroke by the professor creates high-quality course materials at a fraction of textbook prices. The student then has the choice of delivery options, as either an eBook or as a professionally manufactured and printed book.

About AcademicPub

AcademicPub, SharedBook Inc's technology platform for higher education, assembles, composes, prices and delivers custom textbooks - in eBook and/or print format. AcademicPub allows for immediate creation and inclusion of copyright-cleared content from anywhere, such as web articles, self-generated lectures or from the AcademicPub Content Library. Digital or print distribution generates a fast and easy way for educators to provide an engaging educational experience, with lower prices and up-to-the-minute materials for students. More information and free registration for faculty is available at www.academicpub.com. Headquartered in New York since 2004, SharedBook Inc. is privately held and can be found at www.sharedbook.com.


Contact Info:
James A. Boyle
Boyle Public Affairs
jim@boylepublicaffairs.com
571-213-3979

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Take The AcademicPub User Survey

Have you registered and used AcademicPub? We're looking to hear your feedback.

No prizes (or snacks), but our everlasting gratitude will be provided:

AcademicPub User Survey.

Interested in keeping up with the best of ed tech, higher education, and news about AcademicPub itself, be sure to follow or like us on your social network of choice whether that's TwitterFacebookGoogle+ or LinkedIn.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

We're going to the Frankfurt Book Fair!

Frankfurt Book Fair
October 10th - 14th, 2012
Stand No. 8.0-R928
Exhibition Area 900
Messegelände
Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1
60327 Frankfurt am Main
Germany

Attending: 

Michael Cairns
mcairns@sharedbook.com

More information on AcademicPub is available here.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Co-Op Is Growing!

We're so excited to announce the addition of multiple new titles into the AcademicPub Co-Op™, the place leading academics go to share course packs they've developed with others in their fields:

(Please note that viewing the entire contents of these titles requires you to register, a process that is both free and easy).

ProSeminar in Applied Sociology: A seminar designed to prepare new sociology graduate students for a successful career in graduate school and beyond.

Calculus I and II: Designed for standard calculus courses, covering topics such as applications of integrals, calculus of parametric equations, derivatives of functions, and integration.

A Taste of the Tropics: An introduction to the world tropical agriculture and the ways people in the tropics utilize a diverse array of food crops.

Customer Relationship Management: Course material for advanced undergraduate study in marketing & business.

Stage Lighting: Authored by an internationally accomplished stage lighting designer and educator, this course is an introduction to the tools and techniques of stage lighting design.

Interested in keeping up with the latest in ed tech, higher education, and AcademicPub? Be sure to follow or like us on your social network of choice whether that's Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or LinkedIn.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

We're going to eBook U!

eBook U
Thomas Jefferson University
Hamilton Building
4th Floor Lobby
Philadelphia, PA
Monday, September 24, 2012
12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.

Attending: 

Paul Palumbo
ppalumbo@sharedbook.com

Rachel Gutson
rgutson@sharedbook.com

More information on AcademicPub is available here.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

We've Launched the AcademicPub Co-Op






Disruptive New Platform Allows Institutions to Retain and Leverage Intellectual Capital.

New York, NY, September 19, 2012 - AcademicPub™, the leading provider of custom course packs - print and digital - for the higher education market, today launched AcademicPub Co-Op™, introducing AcademicPub users to scalable content repositories within institutions and across disciplines, featuring course materials produced and contributed by faculty members. The announcement was made by Caroline Vanderlip, CEO of AcademicPub parent SharedBook Inc.

"AcademicPub Co-Op encourages professors to both submit course materials to - and peruse materials selected by - peers in their discipline, allowing universities to build and retain intellectual capital in a meaningful way," said Vanderlip. "This greater choice for educators will lead to more focused, quality content at lower cost for students." 

A growing number of faculty members are already creating custom course packs through AcademicPub. The new AcademicPub Co-Op allows professors to display and present their books to peers, primarily for the benefit of others at their institution, but also for instructors at schools worldwide. Faculty members in all disciplines can see what peers are offering students, and in effect can benefit from the collective expertise of the AcademicPub community of scholars and faculty members.

"AcademicPub Co-Op allows the professor who is searching for "best of" content for his course to see what a peer in that discipline has already created, and enable a seamless, copyright-cleared adoption of that material, either in whole or in part," explained Vanderlip. "For instance, a self-published, starter book could be created by one professor and then adopted or iterated by others."

Vanderlip added that institutions also benefit from AcademicPub Co-Op, as it will enable the creation of an archive of current course materials and help to empower department heads actively looking for alternate textbook options.

An AcademicPub Co-Op webinar will be held on September 24, 2012 from 2PM - 3PM EDT.

Register here.

About AcademicPub

AcademicPub, SharedBook Inc's technology platform for higher education, assembles, composes, prices and delivers custom textbooks - in eBook and/or print format. AcademicPub allows for immediate creation and inclusion of copyright-cleared content from anywhere, such as web articles, self-generated lectures or from the AcademicPub Content Library. Digital or print distribution generates a fast and easy way for educators to provide an engaging educational experience, with lower prices and up-to-the-minute materials for students. More information and free registration for faculty is available at www.academicpub.com. Headquartered in New York since 2004, SharedBook Inc. is privately held and can be found at www.sharedbook.com.

Contact Info:

James A. Boyle
Boyle Public Affairs
jim@boylepublicaffairs.com
571-213-3979

Friday, September 14, 2012

Why Students Should Care About AcademicPub

AcademicPub Keeps Costs Down

We know that textbook costs are a big issue. That’s why we keep costs low, lower than any other provider in fact.

  • No markup on items from our content library.
  • No manual copyright research, so those costs aren’t passed through to you.
  • A live running total lets your instructor manage, piece by piece, the total price of your course pack.

AcademicPub Keeps Your Backpack from Weighing You Down

When your professor uses AcademicPub they’re often reducing what would be three, four, even five books into one, saving both you and your wallet from the strain usually associated with textbooks.

AcademicPub Offers a Variety of Features

From our own iPad Reader to the Student Bookshelf , we are continuously making the experience great for students. We get it, you want to read how you want, where you want, and at a price that you’re comfortable with it. That’s what we want too.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Add Supplemental Material To Your Course

Do you want to add supplemental material to your course?

It's not too late to give your students exactly what they need.

Last Minute Additions:

lecture/class notes
study guides
slideshows
lab manuals
articles from NYT, WSJ, The Economist & more

 

Students get lower-priced, up-to-the-minute custom materials and educators get a fast, easy way to expand educational horizons.

 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Four More of Our Favorite EdTech Sites

In May we featured five our favorite educational technology blogs (you can find that list here), as the school year begins, we thought it would be time to feature some more, in no particular order:

The Thinking Stick - Jeff Utetch, a Technology and Learning Coordinator in Bangkok, gives invaluable advice on Google Apps, social media, hot topics in technology (with an emphasis on software) and more.

2¢ Worth - In blogger David Warlick's own words, this site consists of the observations, experiences, half-baked and fully baked ideas of an 35 year vagabond educator. In truth it's full of well thought out meditations on technology and education from a highly experienced educator.

Emerging Ed Tech - Kelly Walsh's blog dedicates itself to featuring the best of technology and how it can be correctly implemented in the classroom. Lots of great advice on topics from software to flipping the classroom to using iPads in school.

Edudemic - Jeffrey Dunn runs one of the most popular edtech sites on the web, and it's easy to see why. In an easy to navigate set-up his team provides loads of information on topics ranging from educational apps to classroom advice to deploying technology.
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Have any others to add to the list(s)? Let us know!

And be sure to check out AcademicPub, the easiest, most efficient way to make course packs (print or digital) for your class, featuring real time copyright clearance and a content library with over 2.5 million pieces of content from more than 125 publishers in over 70 disciplines.

And for all the best in ed tech, higher education, and news about AcademicPub itself, be sure to follow or like us on your social network of choice whether that's Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or LinkedIn.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

AcademicPub Releases Native iPad App

You've always been able to read AcademicPub eBooks on the iPad (as well as on Android, on Mac, on Windows, and various reader devices), but we're proud to announce the release of our first device-specific AcademicPub Reader application.

Introducing the AcademicPub iPad Reader™

The new AcademicPub iPad Reader™ will provide iPad using students with an option for not just reading and getting their material on the go, but also for expertly navigating course materials by:
  • Adding Bookmarks
  • Entering Notes
  • Viewing in Multiple Layouts
  • Zooming, Panning, and Scanning Content
  • Linking to Related Material and Rich Media
You can learn more about the app here and on our website here.

Interested in giving your students access to dynamic content on a wide variety of devices? Visit us today.

Interested in the progress of AcademicPub or educational technology in general? Be sure to follow and friend us on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.


Monday, August 20, 2012

We're Looking for Fall Interns in NYC!

We are looking for Fall Marketing Interns who are passionate about higher education, educational technology, lowering the cost of textbooks, and publishing.

About SharedBook, Inc:

Located in the downtown New York City, SharedBook is a technology company that enables academic, corporate and consumer partners to dynamically produce personalized and customized books and documents. Please visit us a www.AcademicPub.com and www.SharedBook.com.

Internship Summary:

We are currently recruiting for candidates to join our team as fall Marketing Intern. As a fall intern, you will get hands on experience with e-marketing, traditional marketing, social marketing, market research, analytics, sales support and customer service, - among other day-to-day administrative activities.

The chosen intern will have the opportunity to collaborate with key team members who are working on AcademicPub – an exciting new product that is lowering the cost of texts for students while making it easier for professors and bookstores to put together appropriate course materials.

Opportunities:

· Helping to review ad and website copy.
· Learning how to understand and helping to prepare analytics reports.
· Learning and being involved in copyright clearance efforts.
· Assisting with the official company blog as well as potentially researching and writing short articles on educational technology and higher education for ancillary blogs.
· Assisting in market research.
· Helping to organize database and lead generation efforts.
· Work on marketing e-mails.
· Helping to put together lists of leads for the marketing and sales teams.
· Learning about and assisting in content management from time to time.
· Some standard administrative tasks.
· Sitting in on meetings regarding website and product design.

Qualifications & Experience:

· Must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate in a 2 or 4-year college. Would also consider highly qualified high school seniors.
· Computer skills: MS Excel, Microsoft Office applications, Word 2007 required, experience with Blogger, Wordpress, Google Analytics, Twitter (as well as tools such as Tweet Deck and Sprout Social), and other social media preferred.
· Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
· Highly organized, efficient and results oriented.
· Strong professional, interpersonal and teamwork skills.
· Self-motivated, ability to work on projects autonomously.

Compensation:

Interns will receive a nominal stipend including transportation reimbursement.

Hours: 6-12 a week, flexible.

Contact:

If you are self-motivated, confident and want to get real hands-on experience from skilled and knowledgeable professionals in the educational technology field, please respond, with AcademicPub Marketing Intern as the subject, with a cover letter and your resume to intern (at) sharedbook.com

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Georgia State and Textbook Prices

Our CEO Caroline Vanderlip has a piece up at Insider Higher Ed.


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AcademicPub Adds Key Hires

Greg Morris Named VP, Marketing, SharedBook Inc.; Forrest Harrington and Paul Palumbo Join as New Sales Executives for AcademicPub™ Arthur Cundy to Lead Front-End Web Team

New York, NY, August 14, 2012 - SharedBook Inc., parent company of AcademicPub, today announced the appointment of four key hires to bolster its already strong embrace by the higher education community.

The announcement was made by Caroline Vanderlip, CEO, SharedBook Inc.

Greg Morris joins the company as Vice President, Marketing, SharedBook Inc., where he will oversee the company's outreach to audiences for each of its brands. Mr. Morris will concentrate in particular on AcademicPub, which since its April 2011 launch has quickly established itself as a leading provider of custom books - print and digital - for the dynamically changing higher education market.

A veteran marketer in the internet, retail and telecommunications industries, Mr. Morris most recently was head of marketing for several early-stage consumer brands with LexisNexis. From 2000 through 2004, Mr. Morris was a vice president of marketing at Federated Department Stores, now called The Macy's Group. A marketing database and testing analysis expert, Mr. Morris spearheaded an overall consolidation of the company's various databases into one Macy's Database for retail and credit operations.

Mr. Morris, who began his career at AT&T in customer acquisition marketing, is especially attuned to the needs of higher education faculty members as he is an adjunct faculty member himself in the business school at Rutgers University. He was previously awarded an MBA at Rutgers, after graduating with a BS in Business Administration from Boston University.

Forrest Harrington and Paul Palumbo join the company as regional sales executives for AcademicPub, which is expanding rapidly due to its widespread adoption by individual faculty members across the U.S. and Canada, and, in some cases, by entire institutions through its offering called CustomCollegePLUS™. Messrs. Harrington and Palumbo both bring long backgrounds in higher education sales to their new roles at AcademicPub.

Mr. Harrington, who will be based in the Atlanta area, joins AcademicPub as Sales Director, Southeast. Most recently, Mr. Harrington served as Southern U.S. Territory Manager for MBS Textbook Exchange, where he was also active in industry trade associations, such as the Georgia Association of College Stores, where he was a board member and past president.

Previously, Mr. Harrington was Southeast Account Executive for XanEdu Publishing and Regional Sales Manager for Follett Custom Publishing, both high-profile players in the higher education market. He received his BA in Communications from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Mr. Palumbo, who will be based in northern New Jersey, joins AcademicPub as Sales Director, Northeast. A professional with 30+ years of experience in the academic, library and corporate information market, Mr. Palumbo spent the past 8 years at RR Bowker, where he rose from Account Manager to Senior Director of Sales for the U.S. Academic and Library Sales Division.

Previously, Mr. Palumbo served for nearly 25 years in progressively responsible roles at highly respected Dun & Bradstreet Corp., where for a decade he handled the business relationships with more than 40 large public and private companies. He received his BA in Business Administration from William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ.

The fourth new hire on the SharedBook Inc. team is Arthur Cundy, who will serve as Front-End Specialist for the company's various web platforms, with an emphasis on supporting the growing higher ed faculty use of AcademicPub. Mr. Cundy was most recently with 3eleven Creative in Brooklyn, where he created websites for multiple clients, working with a staff of technical and creative professionals.

Concurrent with his role at 3eleven Creative, Mr. Cundy was a website producer for Teach for America. Prior to that, Mr. Cundy served as webmaster or lead designer for scores of websites based in the greater New York City area, including those that are part of Analysts in Media. One of Mr. Cundy's earliest web production roles was at his alma mater, Hofstra University.

About AcademicPub

AcademicPub, SharedBook Inc's technology platform for higher education, assembles, composes, prices and delivers custom textbooks - in eBook and/or print format. AcademicPub allows for immediate creation and inclusion of copyright-cleared content from anywhere, such as web articles, self-generated lectures or from the AcademicPub Content Library. Digital or print distribution generates a fast and easy way for educators to provide an engaging educational experience, with lower prices and up-to-the-minute materials for students. More information and free registration for faculty is available at www.academicpub.com. Headquartered in New York since 2004, SharedBook Inc. is privately held and can be found at www.sharedbook.com.

Contact Info:

James A. Boyle
Boyle Public Affairs
jim@boylepublicaffairs.com
571-213-3979

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Friday, August 10, 2012

AcademicPub in the News

AcademicPub is quickly expanding and we always appreciate being featured in blog posts and articles. We’re happy to share some of the positive coverage we’ve received over the last few months:

Publisher’s Weekly outlines the short steps it takes to customize a coursepack with AcademicPub.

The CITE examines the future of custom course materials in an interview with AcademicPub.

IGI Global mentions how AcademicPub provides teachers and students with flexible alternatives to traditional textbooks.

Brian O’Leary points out that AcademicPub provides educators with access to a large amount of content to use in their classes. 

If you're interested in keeping up to date the state of course materials and ed tech in general, or AcademicPub in specific, be sure to follow us on your social network of choice whether that's TwitterFacebookGoogle+ or LinkedIn.

Thanks to our intern, Katrina Lee, for writing this post!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

New Feature: Student Bookshelf

We're proud to announce an innovative new way for students to download and access their eBooks on a variety of devices, that eliminates the need to manually transfer files.

After purchasing their book, a student may sign into the bookshelf:


This section of the site features two sub-sections, one to manage books and one to manage devices.


The My Books page allows for activation of books purchased either via the bookstore, directly from AcademicPub, or delivered to the student via e-mail by professors.


The My Devices page allows for the authorization of up to four devices to download the students' book to. We're proud to note our continuing commitment to being, unlike many of our competitors, as platform agnostic as possible. As a result we'll be continuously adding more and more official support for additional devices and readers:




Upon registering their devices, students can easily download their book on any authorized machine. Less side loading, no tedious transferring, and no worrying about breaking licenses required.


Interested in giving your students access to dynamic content on a wide variety of devices? Visit us today.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

AcademicPub Expands Rapidly in Canada







ACADEMICPUB SIGNS CUSTOM COLLEGE PLUS AGREEMENTS WITH SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY IN BC AND YORK UNIVERSITY IN TORONTO 

Nearly 350,000 Students on 14 Canadian Campuses Gain Access to Affordable Custom Books

New York, NY, July 24, 2012 - AcademicPub™, the leading provider of custom books in the North American higher education market, today announced CUSTOM COLLEGE PLUS™ agreements with Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC, and York University in Toronto, ON to provide affordable print and digital textbooks and other course materials to students, beginning in the 2012/2013 academic year.

The Simon Fraser and York arrangements, combined with 12 other deals in place at institutions of higher education across Canada, will result in nearly 350,000 Canadian college students having access to more affordable course materials that can be created by their professors. CUSTOM COLLEGE PLUS is AcademicPub's co-branded custom publishing solution for institutions of higher education.

"We're thrilled that the AcademicPub custom publishing platform will be widely adopted across the country in the coming school year, helping to control the rising cost of education for Canadian students," said Caroline Vanderlip, CEO of AcademicPub parent, SharedBook Inc.

"The importance of providing students with high-quality materials at the lowest possible price has never been greater," said Mikhail Dzuba, CCR, Director, Simon Fraser University Bookstore. "What's unique about AcademicPub is that it combines custom delivery with cost savings - features that are often mutually exclusive." Simon Fraser, York and other Canadian institutions participating in CUSTOM COLLEGE PLUS receive a co-branded AcademicPub web portal; custom-designed book covers with school colors and logo; font, alignment and trim-size options; eBook and professionally published output choices, and a repository of all custom course materials created.

To enable easy copyright clearance, AcademicPub partners with 143 academic publishers, which collectively supply more than 5 million units of content available in chapters and individual articles to the AcademicPub Content Library. Recently, AcademicPub has added content from 17 newly signed partners. They are medical publishers F.A. Davis, Jones & Bartlett Learning (a division of Ascend Learning), SEEd Medical Publishers, and Thieme Medical Publishers, along with Brill Publishing, Broadview Press, Central European University Press, Cornell University Press, Portland Press, Syracuse University Press, University of Alaska Press, University of Colorado Press, University of Massachusetts Press, University of Pennsylvania Press, University of Toronto Press, University of Utah Press, and Westminster John Knox Press. A complete list of publishers in the AcademicPub library may be found here.

About AcademicPub

AcademicPub, SharedBook Inc's technology platform for higher education, assembles, composes, prices and delivers custom textbooks - in eBook and/or print format. AcademicPub allows for immediate creation and inclusion of copyright-cleared content from anywhere, such as web articles, self-generated lectures or from the AcademicPub Content Library. Digital or print distribution generates a fast and easy way for educators to provide an engaging educational experience, with lower prices and up-to-the-minute materials for students. More information and free registration for faculty is available at www.academicpub.com. Headquartered in New York since 2004, SharedBook Inc. is privately held and can be found at www.sharedbook.com.

Contact Info

James A. Boyle
Boyle Public Affairs
jim@boylepublicaffairs.com
571-213-3979

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Academic Freedom & AcademicPub in the Press

We're happy to announce that our AcademicPub CEO Caroline Vanderlip recently had an editorial on academic freedom and the cost of textbooks publishing in the Hufington Post. As she notes:
But freedom is never truly free, and academic freedom, as a practical matter, needs ongoing vigilance. Today, our academic freedom is imperiled, ironically, by one of its core tools: Textbooks. Or rather, imperiled by the increasing cost of these important learning materials, and by the methods that are being proposed to rein in these costs.
Additionally, we’re always excited when AcademicPub is generating buzz. Educators have been blogging about us and these posts have caught our eye recently:

Brian O’Leary discusses the benefits of AcademicPub’s real-time copyright clearance and pricing. 

Richard Byrne summarizes how instructors can customize and combine their course materials with anything from our content library. 

Gustavo Martínez highlights, in Spanish, how customizing course content can substantially lower textbook costs for students.

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Thanks to our intern, Katrina Lee, for contributing heavily to this post!

Monday, July 16, 2012

We're at Campus Technology 2012!

Campus Technology
Booth #729
Dates: July 16-19, 2012
Location: Seaport World Trade Center, Boston

Attending: Paul Palumbo
Sales Director, Northeast

More information on the conference is available here.

More information on AcademicPub is available here.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

We've Signed a Landmark Agreement with CSU

New York, NY, July 10, 2012 - AcademicPub™, the leading provider of custom books in the higher education market, today announced an agreement with The California State University (CSU), the largest four-year university system in the United States, to provide affordable print and digital textbooks and other course materials to students, beginning in the 2012/2013 academic year.

The initiative will be part of CSU's Affordable Learning Solutions campaign, a multi-pronged effort to provide choice, affordability and accessibility to students, while offering greater access to no-cost or low-cost academic content for faculty. The CSU arrangement will be the first system-wide deal for CUSTOM COLLEGE PLUS™, AcademicPub's co-branded custom publishing solution for institutions of higher education.

"It's an honor for us to become part of this important CSU initiative to help control the cost of education for students, and we take our responsibility seriously," said Caroline Vanderlip, CEO of AcademicPub parent, SharedBook Inc. "Since our program is easily installable, we look forward to hitting the ground running on as many of the 23 CSU campuses as soon as possible."

"AcademicPub's services are well-suited to the university's objective of empowering faculty with the tools necessary to provide affordable, high-quality academic materials for their students," said Gerry Hanley, CSU Senior Director of Academic Technology Services. "This tool preserves student choice on digital versus print. Working closely with our bookstores, academic communities and partners like AcademicPub, we continue to find ways to enhance faculty and students options for teaching and learning."

CSU institutions participating in CUSTOM COLLEGE PLUS receive a co-branded AcademicPub web portal; custom-designed book covers with school colors and logo; font, alignment and trim-size options; eBook and professionally published output choices, and a repository of all custom course materials created. Schools choosing bookstore distribution for CUSTOM COLLEGE PLUS receive access to all of the above options, plus the ability to sell eBooks if the bookstore is not already enabled.

Launched in 2011, AcademicPub now partners with 142 publishers, which collectively supply more than 5 million units of content available in chapters in the AcademicPub Content Library. Recently, AcademicPub has added content from 16 respected academic publishers such as F.A. Davis, Jones & Bartlett Learning (a division of Ascend Learning), SEEd Medical Publishers, Thieme Medical Publishers, Brill Publishing, Broadview Press, Cornell University Press, Central European University Press, Portland Press, Syracuse University Press, University of Alaska Press, University of Colorado Press, University of Massachusetts Press, University of Pennsylvania Press, University of Toronto Press and University of Utah Press. A complete list of publishers in the AcademicPub content library may be found here.

About AcademicPub

AcademicPub, SharedBook Inc's technology platform for higher education, assembles, composes, prices and delivers custom textbooks - in eBook and/or print format. AcademicPub allows for immediate creation and inclusion of copyright-cleared content from anywhere, such as web articles, self-generated lectures or from the AcademicPub Content Library. Digital or print distribution generates a fast and easy way for educators to provide an engaging educational experience, with lower prices and up-to-the-minute materials for students. More information and free registration for faculty is available at www.academicpub.com. Headquartered in New York since 2004, SharedBook Inc. is privately held and can be found at www.sharedbook.com.

About the California State University

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 427,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. The CSU awards about 99,000 degrees annually and since its creation in 1961 has conferred nearly 2.6 million. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. The mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. Connect with and learn more about the CSU at CSU Social Media.

Contact Info 

CSU Contact:
Erik Fallis
Media Relations Manager, Public Affairs
The California State University
efallis@calstate.edu
562-951-4064

AcademicPub Contact:
James A. Boyle
Boyle Public Affairs
jim@boylepublicaffairs.com
571-213-3979

Thursday, July 5, 2012

An Interview with Zip Publishing

We recently sat down with our friends at Zip Publishing to talk about AcademicPub as an e-book solution, the future of digital textbooks, and more:


AP: Tell us about your company and your history.

CoursePackets.net was created as a national brand for our parent company Zip Publishing, which has been servicing the Ohio State University since 1969. As our clientele grew from OSU to other local schools, and then to other schools in Ohio, we decided that it was time to go national and offer our services to colleges and universities across the country. Today CoursePackets.net serves over 150 schools across the nation, offering custom course materials, Out-of-Print book reprints, copyright clearance, print services, and book publishing for all genres.

AP: Why did you choose to partner with AcademicPub?

For many years, we have known that the state of course materials would move from print to digital. Even though this migration has not happened as quickly as some had predicted, it is happening none the-less. After efforts to create and offer a service which offered digital downloads, we were approached by a representative of AcademicPub. Although the service that we had created offered robust course management tools, the AcademicPub service offered what we considered to be the most important feature, the ability for instructors to assemble their materials through a web-based system that allowed for real time creation and pricing. A system that also let the instructor offer both print and digital materials to their students. The fit between the resources and experience of CoursePackets.net, and the AcademicPub system seems perfect.

AP: Do you have a view on the future of course materials you'd like to share?

The progression from printed course materials to electronic materials has been slow but steady. Recently it has gained momentum, mainly due to the sharp rise in the costs of textbooks and copyright fees. The ability to use digital files and cut out the production costs of textbooks is a great advantage in the war on education costs.

As the move to digital materials progresses, and technology becomes more integrated into the classroom, the entire teaching paradigm will change. Instructors have already begun using internet teaching tools that allow them to teach students anywhere in the world, another tool that can lower education costs as schools depend less on buildings and campuses to educate their students. Instructors also have started using new tools within the classroom that help them communicate and demonstrate their subjects more easily and dynamically.

The future of course materials, and the classroom appear to be taking shape right now. A vision of the future classroom will most likely involve students that "attend" classes in the comfort of their own homes via downloads of readings & multimedia presentations, testing and more. They will visit a course management system that allows them to learn at their own pace and offers the assistance of not only the instructor, but an online community of experts and fellow students. And from the instructor's side, they will be able to create and upload their own course materials, choose complete textbooks or portions of textbooks from publishers in digital format, create and administer testing, teach video classes and offer help to students in need, all via the internet.
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You can learn more about the partnership between Zip Publishing and AcademicPub here.

Monday, June 25, 2012

An Interview with CoursePacks, Etc., Inc.

From time to time we proudly feature our partners on our blog, this week we were happy to have a quick conversation with CoursePacks, Etc., one of the most trusted names in custom publishing and a wonderful partner of ours.


AP: Tell us about your company and your history.

CoursePacks, Etc.: We are recognized as one of the top academic digital and printing firms in the US and Canada. Since 2006 we have been working with k-12 schools, colleges and universities to publish custom textbooks, lecture notes, lab manuals and now offering digital coursepacks and e-books.

AP: Why did you choose to partner with AcademicPub?

CP, Etc.: We were looking for a partner for our digital and e-books. Academic Pub seemed to be the perfect fit. This is a partnership that will allow both of us to grow and our clients to expand their textbooks into the digital market.

AP: Do you have a view on the future of course materials you’d like to share?

CP, Etc.: We see the future moving into e-books sooner rather than later, but the future of textbooks is fluid and ever moving.

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You can learn more about the CoursePacks/AcademicPub partnership at their website.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Now in Our Library: Bob Dylan, Semiotics, The Fiscal Metropolis

We have so much great content in our library that sometimes it's easy to miss the trees for the entire forest.  As a result, we've decided to regularly feature some of the more popular titles that are available for use and remixing through the AcademicPub platform. This time around we're featuring great titles from Left Coast Press, Yale University Press and Georgetown University Press.

Still haven't checked out AcademicPub yet? Be sure to do so now!

Bob Dylan: Like a Complete Unknown by David Yaffe (Yale University Press)
In Bob Dylan: Like a Complete Unknown, literary scholar and music critic David Yaffe considers Dylan from four perspectives: his complicated relationship to blackness (including his involvement in the civil rights movement and a secret marriage with a black backup singer), the underrated influence of his singing style, his fascinating image in films, and his controversial songwriting methods that have led to charges of plagiarism. Each chapter travels from the 1960s to the present, offering a historical perspective on the many facets of Dylan's life and career, exploring the mystery that surrounds the enigmatic singer and revealing the complete unknown Dylan.”
Understanding American Icons: An Introduction to Semiotics by Arthur Asa Berger (Left Coast Press)
This brief, student-friendly introduction to the study of semiotics uses examples from 25 iconic locations in the United States. From Coney Island to Las Vegas, the World Trade Center to the Grand Canyon, Berger shows how semiotics offers a different lens in understanding locations taken for granted in American culture. He recasts Disneyland according to Freud, channels the Mall of America through Baudrilliard, and sees Mount Rushmore through the lens of Gramsci. A seasoned author of student texts, Berger offers an entertaining, non-threatening way to teach theory to undergraduates and that will fit ideally in classes on cultural studies, American studies, social theory, and tourism. 
Managing the Fiscal Metropolis: The Financial Policies, Practices, and Health of Suburban Municipalities by Rebecca M. Hendrick (Georgetown University Press)
Hendrick's groundbreaking study covers 264 Chicago suburban municipalities from the late 1990s to the present. In it she identifies and describes the primary factors and events that affect municipal financial decisions and financial conditions, explores the strategies these governments use to manage financial conditions and solve financial problems, and looks at the impact of contextual factors and stresses on government financial decisions. Managing the Fiscal Metropolis offers new evidence about the role of contextual factors— including other local governments—in the financial condition of municipalities and how municipal financial decisions and practices alter these effects. The wide economic and social diversity of the municipalities studied make its findings relevant on a national scale.”
Interested in learning more about AcademicPub's 3 million+ pieces of content from more than 125 content providers? Click here to find out about all the great material you can include in your classes' course packs for next semester.

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Katrina Lee contributed to this post.