Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Visit Us at ICAM in Booth 402

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
International Conference and Annual Meeting

April 29th - May 1st, 2012
Hilton San Diego Bayfront, San Diego, CA
Booth #402

Attending:

Rachel Gutson
rguston@sharedbook.com

For more information about the conference click here.

For more information about AcademicPub click here.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

We're Looking for a Customer Service Representative!

Position Overview:

SharedBook Inc, which provides a technology platform that assembles, composes and delivers custom books for educators, consumers and online publishers, is looking for a Customer Support Representative. In this role, you will assist end-users in creating customized books and eBooks through our web application. We are looking for a highly-motivated individual that wants to join an exciting, innovative company on the verge of making a big splash.

We are looking to fill a part-time shift with the possibility of a temp-to-permanent position.

Responsibilities:

- Handle customer inquiries via phone, live chat and e-mail on issues ranging from user navigation through post-sale contact.
- Identify, troubleshoot and report technical issues.
- Perform quality assurance for web application.
- Fulfill retail orders & shipping.

Requirements:

- EXCELLENT verbal & written communication skills.
- Must be able to work in a fast paced, multi-tasking environment.
- Previous Customer Service / Help Desk experience.
- Work an "off hours" shift.
- Proficient in Internet usage.
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications and PC basics.
- Ability to handle a heavy call volume.
- Eligibility to work in the USA. 

Please send a cover letter and resume to jagostine (at) sharedbook (dot) com.

Monday, April 16, 2012

We're at the London Book Fair

London Book Fair 2012
April 16th - 18th, 2012
Earls Courts, London, England
Booth K730

Attending:

Michael Cairns
mcairns@sharedbook.com

For more information about the conference click here.

For more information about AcademicPub click here.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

We're Looking for a Marketing Intern!

We are looking for a Summer Marketing Intern who is 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 a unique candidate to join our team as a summer Marketing Intern. As a summer 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.  

Responsibilities:

  • Helping to review ad and website copy
  • Understanding and preparing analytics reports.
  • Assisting with the official company blog as well as researching and writing short articles on educational technology and higher education for ancillary blogs.
  • Helping to harvest and put together lists of leads for the marketing and sales teams.
  • Some standard administrative tasks.

Qualifications & Experience:
* Must be currently enrolled in a 4-year school
* 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:
This is an unpaid internship. The chosen intern will receive reimbursement for transportation to and from the office, as well as a $12 per diem for lunch.

Hours: 15-20 a week

Length:
Start Date: May 29th, potentially sooner
End Date: TBD

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 Marketing Intern as the subject, with a cover letter and your resume to:

Spencer Soloway
ssoloway (at) sharedbook.com

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Four Things You Should Know About AcademicPub

Did You Know?

AcademicPub course materials are available in E-book or print format, providing flexibility for both faculty and students.

The AcademicPub Content Library provides access to a wide range of publishers materials - complete books, book chapters, journal articles, open education resources, etc. - enabling faculty to choose only what is needed for their courses.

Educators can add articles from the web or self-authored content to their custom course materials, allowing for relevant and timely material to teach courses.

AcademicPub keeps textbook costs lower for students - the price of the course materials is determined by the cost of the individual materials chosen, and can be tailored to the student budget.


Monday, April 9, 2012

Digital Content Alone Does Not Lower Textbook Prices

An important editorial on driving the price of textbooks down by SharedBook CEO Caroline Vanderlip has appeared in Inside Higher Ed.

Be sure to check out more on how AcademicPub can help reach the goals laid out in the above editorial here, and more on the movement towards content flexibility here.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

The Movement Towards Content Flexibility Expands

We were certainly pleased late last week to see that a certain major textbook publisher has decided to open the door and allow the limited inclusion of permission-free and self-authored content into custom books created through their service.

While we applaud this, unfortunately it comes with the caveat that you must purchase at least an equal amount of their own content, and carries a maximum of just fifty pages.

Those of you who have been closely following the industry know that a growing number of professors, particularly those who are aware of and troubled by the high cost of textbooks to students, are opting for including more Open Educational Resource and self-authored material alongside the content from publishers they have always used and trusted.

AcademicPub believes in no limits on the amount of permissions-free, open, or self-authored content you can include in your work, and has never tied that amount to any anchored proportion versus royalty-based materials.

Despite some short comings, this decision by a major publisher is still a watershed event, and should it lead to similar decisions in the community this can only benefit all concerned going forward. We’re thrilled that they’ve decided to join the movement that we’ve helped lead. 

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