Caroline Vanderlip, CEO of AcademicPub™ parent company, SharedBook Inc., made the announcement.
Launched in April 2011, AcademicPub now counts 123 publishers in its content library, which collectively make available more than 2.5 million units of content for use on campus.
In addition to Oxford University Press, nine other respected academic publishers came on board today with AcademicPub. They are: Focus Publishing/R. Pullins Co., Happy About Publishers, IGI Global Publishing, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Left Coast Press, Open Doors Group, Samfundslitteratur, Wayne State University Press and Wesleyan University Press. A complete list of publishers in the AcademicPub Content Library may be found here.
"The level of interest in how to reinvent higher education textbooks and other course materials is high and growing," said Vanderlip. "All of the elements are in place for a major shakeup of the market, and what AcademicPub offers is at the center of each and every conversation."
Vanderlip explained that many students - and now instructors - are looking for alternatives to traditional textbooks, to gain greater portability, flexibility and currency. In the social sciences for instance, the fast-evolving nature of political and cultural developments is driving the need for more current course materials. And with the growth of e-readers coming at the same time that many students are realizing the nuanced differences between reading and studying, there is a growing consensus that platform-neutral content, available via print or any number and type of devices, is critical to a satisfying and productive academic experience.
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.
James A. Boyle
Boyle Public Affairs