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.

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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 and

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.

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.