Tuesday, July 24, 2012

AcademicPub Expands Rapidly in Canada


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
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