Monday, December 16, 2013

AcademicPub's Most Commonly Searched for Titles

Here at AcademicPub we often boast of our incredibly large and varied content library and vast number of partnerships with the top academic publishers. In deciding on new content to add and keeping up with what our users are seeking, we keep careful track of what is being requested and searched for.


The most popular pieces of content that led users to AcademicPub from September 15th - December 15th, 2013:

1. Champacoal by David Beim. Columbia CaseWorks of Columbia Business School, 2011. 

2. Tesco's "Steering Wheel" Strategy by V. Gupta and I. Perepu. IBS Center for Management Research, 2006.

3. Sexual Revolution & Sexual Conterrevolution -- Research Starters Sociology by Carolyn Sprague. EBSCO, 2009.

4. Environmental Deficit -- Research Starters Sociology by Michael P. Auerbach. EBSCO, 2009.

5. Dolley Madison: The Problem of National Unity by Catherine Allgor. Westview Press, 2012.

Have you used any of the above in YOUR textbooks? Let us know in the comments below.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Spiral Binding for New Adoptions Now Available!

We're excited to announce that, effective immediately, spiral binding is available on all newly adopted AcademicPub books. This option does not apply to books previously committed unless instructors re-commit their books within the system.

The cost to students to add spiral binding is minimal, $1 more than traditional perfect binding.

These spiral bindings are perfect for lab manuals and workbooks.



Ready to build a textbook for your class?


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

AcademicPub Adds Publishers, New President and COO

A Dozen New Publishers Sign With AcademicPub as AcademicPub Names New President and COO

NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AcademicPub™, the leading integrated content services platform for higher education, today announced twelve new publishers have become partners in the world's largest repository of chunked content available for creating custom course material, bringing the total number of partners to more than 250, representing more than 12 million pieces available to instructors globally.

Building on its vast library of multimedia content available for selection by instructors worldwide, AcademicPub reported that Goodfellow Publishers, Kellogg School of Management, Plunkett Research, Pluto Journals, S. Karger AG, Medical and Scientific Publishers, Temple University Press, The History Press Ltd., The MIT Press, University of Arkansas Press, University of Notre Dame Press, University of Tennessee Press, and University of Texas Press, have agreed to offer their materials as atomized content in course packs. A complete list of publishers in the AcademicPub Content Library may be found here.

Caroline Vanderlip, CEO of AcademicPub parent company, SharedBook Inc., made the announcement.

Vanderlip also announced several executive promotions within SharedBook/ AcademicPub.

Peter Budd, formerly VP of Product and UI, has become President of SharedBook/AcademicPub, while David Brown, formerly VP of Operations, has been named Chief Operating Officer. "Peter and Dave have the experience and vision to take AcademicPub through its next phase of growth," said Vanderlip. "Together, they will guide SharedBook and AcademicPub day-to-day, as the platform becomes more integrated in the course material choices available to instructors at both public and private universities, on campus and in distance ed."

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:
Caroline Vanderlip CEO
cvanderlip@sharedbook.com
(646) 442-8845


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Announcing a New MOOC: Project Management for All Careers

Nov. 9, 2013 (Press Release) - PM World, Open Doors Group, and Academic Pub today announced a Massive Open Online Course for Accidental Project Managers. Using the popular book, Project Management Skills for All Careers, the MOOC will cover key aspects of project management for people finding themselves in projects as leaders and members but with little project management knowledge or skills. The course will begin on November 18, 2013 and run through January 12, 2014.

To register for this free course, interested parties can visit the Canvas Network
https://www.canvas.net/courses/project-management-skills-...

The course is led by a team of experts in project management; AgileBill Krebs has over 20 years of experience as a developer, performance engineer, and consultant, including work at IBM, Davisbase, and in the healthcare field.

Carl Rand is an independent project management consultant and educator based in the San Francisco Bay area who has worked for major corporations, including CA Technologies, NetApp, Intuit, Nortel Networks, Visa International, and IBM.

Suganthi Alagumalai has over 18 years of international experience as a developer, tester, QA manager, project manager, and Scrum master, including work in India and the United States. She has a wide range of experience in networking, healthcare, and banking and has worked for companies, including Cisco, Humana, American Express, and Kaiser

John Donelan is a senior technology specialist with experience and expertise in data center management, software development, program/project management, budgeting and building/managing diverse teams.

Ali Daimee is a Senior Project / Program Management professional with track record in organizing and directing over 25 multi-discipline global teams implementing 50+ complex embedded systems, enterprise applications and consumer electronics projects with high success rate.

In addition to learning just what you need to manage a project, participants will benefit from the wide range of experiences from these talented individuals.

A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) allows participants to study an area without leaving the comfort of their homes or the convenience of their desks. If a participant is unable to catch a session as it occurs, the sessions are recorded so that they can be viewed them at a convenient time. This ability to access and review course material from highly qualified instructors means that participants also have the ability to go back and review a session if they need to clarify something for an assignment.

The book for the course, Project Management Skills for All Careers, is available as an e-book ($16.95) or bound copy (Black and White bound $30.91 or Color bound $44.75). It can be purchased at
http://www.collegeopentextbooks.org/opentextbookcontent/f...

This MOOC is sponsored by AcademicPub, Open Doors Group, and PM World.

Contact
Rekha Raman
rekha.raman@opendoorsgroup.org

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Upper Level Course Challenge

High-level classes deserve high-quality learning materials, technology, and strategy.

Whether it is the reading materials, technology, or the course itself, there are many ways to keep an upper level course interesting, inspiring, and thought-provoking.

Finding the perfect materials to fit your course can be tedious, especially for graduate or other upper-level courses. The materials need to be challenging yet readable, detailed yet not overly wordy, modern yet traditional. Finding the right balance is a constant struggle for most instructors in their academic careers. More and more professors are choosing to mix and match content from many sources to create adequate materials. High-quality materials help keep the course itself fresh, stimulating, and unique.

There are many ways to teach difficult concepts to all types of learners in an upper level course to engage and deepen the understanding of content. Some professors hold discussion-based classes while others enact a flipped classroom, with projects and student collaboration occurring online or outside the physical classroom. Mini lectures at the beginning and end of each class can help students review prior concepts and encourages them to develop new ideas once class is dismissed.

No matter the challenges professors face regarding upper level courses, trying something new – like custom textbooks or flipped classrooms – can make a big difference!



Wednesday, November 6, 2013

We've Released a New Version of the AcademicPub iPad Reader

We're excited to announce a new version of the AP iOS Reader App!

This version has a cool new logo:

But it's not just all about looks.

We've made some UI improvements and all the great things you've always been able to do while reading your textbook in our app (bookmarking, adding notes, zooming and panning, quick navigation) are all even easier  now.

iPad Screenshot 2  iPad Screenshot 4

This version also include a patch that fixes reported connection issues on iOS 7 devices.

Check it out today.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Coming for Spring Adoptions: Spiral Binding

For some time we've heard from professors who would love to use AcademicPub to create lab manuals and workbooks but were concerned about using standard binding for these types of books.

We're happy to announce that soon (and in time for Spring 2014 adoptions) we will be adding another binding option for AcademicPub books; spiral binding.

Whether you're teaching a science class that requires a lab manual, a math class that requires a workbook, a language class that requires students to write in answers, or anything else that would benefit from a spiral bound textbook, we have you covered.




Monday, October 14, 2013

New Options for Locating Content



We're excited today to announce some improvements to the Locate process for finding content for your course packs within the AcademicPub platform.


As always you can continue to search for entire books or chapters, but we've now separated out the ability to search by Case Study, Journal/Magazine Article, Newspaper Article, or anything else you can think of.


Excited about this new feature? Anything else you'd like to see us add? Let us know!

Monday, September 30, 2013

We're Going to The Teaching Professor Technology Conference!


October 4-6th, 2013
The Westin Peachtree Plaza
Atlanta, Georgia

Attending:
Alyssa Montalbano
amontalbano (at) academicpub.com

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Introducing New Ways to Search Our Content Library

We're excited to announce two new, easy ways to see what's available for use in AcademicPub coursepacks, course materials, and textbooks.

The first is that beginning today users can search our vast library (over 8 million pieces of content and growing) before registering or signing in.



Simply type in a keyword, title author, or ISBN and hit search, or feel free to see what we have by browsing through our more than 240 publishing partners. Here's a not particularly focused search for "economics" (but feel free to search for anything, as specific or broad as you'd like!):


When you've selected a piece of content you'll be prompted to sign in or register (note that you still must be registered and signed in to preview the content itself).


And once you've done that we'll prompt you to add your selected content to an existing project (that will become your course pack) you're working on or a brand new one you're about to start.


But that's not all. Thinking about using a piece of content you just heard or read about? Simply search for that piece of content and "academicpub" from your browser in Google and click on the link to the article or book in AcademicPub.


You'll be brought to a summary page, by clicking on the green button in the upper right hand corner you'll be taken through the exact same process as you would if you searched from our site. You can even explore related topics and see what else we have from your favorite scholarly authors and publishers.


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

5 Reasons to Use AcademicPub This Fall



1.Content? We've got it. When we say massive content library, we mean it. AcademicPub has over 8 million copyright cleared articles, book chapters, images, and case studies from250 academic publishers (and if it's not there, we'll even get it for you). Being copyright compliant has never been this easy!

2.You're in control. You decide what content is included and when it appears in your course pack. Keep materials relevant to your course and costs low for your students by including only the content you teach.

3.The clearest read. We make it crystal clear. Everything in our library comes directly from the publishers' original files. Each page in your course pack will be clear, clean, and 100% readable.

4.Your materials, unlimited. AcademicPub places no restrictions on the amount of your own content included in your book. From lecture notes, to syllabi, and everything in between - the possibilities are truly endless.

5.We set the table for you. The table of contents that is! Your contents page is dynamically generated and will automatically update as you make changes to your course book. And did we mention it also includes every piece of information needed to compile a bibliography? How simple is that!

AcademicPub gives you everything you ever wanted in a custom book – and more! Register today to discover what AcademicPub can do for you this fall.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

We're Hiring Interns

Interested in interning for a fast moving EdTech company in New York City? See below the fold for information on all three positions.

Palgrave Macmillan Leads Pack of New Publishers Partnered with AcademicPub

New York, NY, August 20, 2013 - AcademicPub™, the leading provider of digital and print custom books for higher education, today announced seven publishers have become partners in the world's largest repository of chunked content available for creating custom course material. 


Building on its vast Library of Content available for selection by instructors worldwide, AcademicPub™ reported Palgrave MacMillan and six other publishers' materials are now fully accessible as atomized content in course packs. 

Caroline Vanderlip, CEO of AcademicPub parent company, SharedBook Inc., made the announcement about the new publishing partners. 

In addition to Palgrave MacMillan, which is providing scholarly content, journal content and textbook chapters from their Higher Education group, the respected publishers announced today are: Keesing's Worldwide, Reaktion Books, the United Nations, University of British Columbia Press, University of Pittsburgh Press, and Wageningen Academic Publishers. 

Of the 247 publishers now included in the AcademicPub platform, more than 60 are from outside the United States. A complete list of publishers in the AcademicPub Content Library may be found here

Now in its third year of operation, AcademicPub makes available more than 8 million units of content for use in course packs for classes throughout North America, and around the world. 

"Instructors tell us that they like the multiple points-of-view offered by the aggregation of content from multiple publishers," said Vanderlip. "With well-known publishers like Palgrave MacMillan and the others in the AcademicPub Content Library, instructors can also be assured of the highest quality content, available in pristine files with automated copyright clearance." 

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 atwww.sharedbook.com

Contact Info:
Caroline Vanderlip
CEO
cvanderlip@sharedbook.com
(646) 442-8845 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

We Asked a Student: What are the Benefits of a Liberal Arts Education?

The piece below was written by Caroline Snizek, who served as a summer intern at SharedBook.

Many high school seniors are confronted with their future at every graduation party, barbecue, and visit to grandma’s: “What’s your major?” That question is terrifying and will strike fear into the hearts of students everywhere. Momentarily, your future flashes before your eyes and you see your wizened self and you are mumbling, “why? why renaissance literature with a concentration in Rabelais?” Now flash back to the present.

College freshmen are faced with the issue of a major long before they step onto a campus. Maybe the thought of it has been weighing on them since the beginning of their high school career. But worse than that burden of making a choice is what follows once you have provided your elders with an answer, the inevitable “what will you do with that?” That question can be asked nicely, but sometimes it hurts to hear people, however politely, imply they don’t value your judgment on your education. But I am here to tell you incoming freshmen that want to study film or literature or philosophy that you are allowed to tell them you don’t know and leave it at that.

I am a 20 year old rising college junior and I have a lot thoughts about what I will be able to do with my degree, but no knowledge of what direction I will take upon graduation When I think ahead, the time between college and whenever my life is supposed to begin is mostly blank. But thanks to my devotion to the humanities (majoring in Liberal Arts), I know that I can learn how to do anything.  

The humanities are the center of the national debate surrounding higher education. After years of falling behind in the sciences, there was renewed interest in catching up in those areas. Yet with the attention on math and science test scores, we have lost sight of what binds us as citizens In a recent report issued by the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences, they call the humanities “the keeper of the republic—a source of national memory and civic vigor, cultural understanding and communication, individual fulfillment and the ideals we hold in common.” Aristotle says in his Politics, “man is a political animal”. We are not beasts of the hills or the sea, but of the city. Polis in Ancient Greek means city and it is the root of “political”.  But it also means “citizenship”. 

The only way to earn that role as a productive citizen is to learn how to become a “Keeper of the Republic”. Engineers and English majors are equally important to our virtue as a country, even though those contributions are significantly different. And as an incoming freshman being peppered with questions, it is almost impossible to see ahead and realize that no matter what you choose to study, even if it is the humanities, you will be making a contribution to the world you choose to live in. You will be able to look at the past and guide our nation to the future. After all, how can we look forward without looking back?  


So if you are still scared by saying you don’t know, that’s ok. I’m sure you’ll figure it out. Four years in college goes even faster than high school.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Introducing Express Books

Today we announced the introduction of Express Books™, which gives academics the chance to bypass traditional routes and publish entire works to be distributed through our parent company SharedBook's e-commerce system.

AcademicPub ExpressBooksImagine being able to keep your own copyright, being able to choose the size of your book, the cover of your book, and holding on to 100% of the royalties you've earned.  And further, imagine getting a direct link and button that you can put on any web page and have students, other academics, or even the general public purchase your book. That's Express Books.

Interested? Fill out this form and a representative will be in touch with you shortly.

Press Release below the fold.


Friday, July 12, 2013

How AcademicPub Builds Thoughtful (and Affordable) "Intro Books"

AcademicPub’s Curriculum Development Team recently released a number of “Intro Books" (see the press release here) designed to be adapted, remixed, and used in a wide range of 100 level courses. We sat down and talked to the team about their exciting work.

AP: Your backgrounds are in education; can you speak to that and how it has informed the way that you’ve gone about creating these books?

As educators, when we begin to build a course book, we think of all the students who have passed through a classroom thirty or forty at a time. We remember how important it is to create a curriculum that meets the needs of the front row and the back row. What do we mean by this? Well, imagine an introductory college class on the first day. The first row is full of students who more than likely have enjoyed success in the traditional classroom environment. Notebooks out, eyes up, they are usually strong writers with good verbal skills: the classic linguistic learners. A good course pack will include the core readings for the subject as well as some interpretive texts and articles that will stimulate this first row group.

Now picture the back row. Perhaps it includes visual learners very aware of the dynamics of the room and ready to observe things from a distance, or interpersonal learners who would prefer to engage one another rather than sit and take notes. For this no less talented constituency, our books incorporate multimedia elements like video and embedded Internet links. For example, an introduction to psychology custom book would have links to different personality inventories students can take to assess themselves. Or a speech class student can reinforce a text on logical fallacies by connecting to a video that asks her to detect the faulty claims in a series of television commercials. 

Now in the real world, we think most students find themselves in both "rows" in different subject areas and at different stages of their education, but for a teacher planning for a heterogeneous classroom, the imperative is to construct a text that reaches each student where one finds him.

AP: Tell us about the different books that you’ve created.

The books we have created include subject areas like sociology, psychology and political science, as well as process oriented classes like study skills. For introductory classes like sociology, for instance, there are several open source textbooks available that make it possible to anchor an ebook with an excellent peer-reviewed, cost-effective resource. For a class like study skills, where the best resources are found on the internet, the coursebook includes links to note taking skills videos from Dartmouth; self assessments to help reduce test anxiety, as well as a study skills text for the math classroom from our own platform.

AP: Generally, what’s the process for creating one of these books?

Frequently a book begins when a professor sends along his or her syllabus. While they are happy with the scope and sequence of the course, they want to break free from the two or three textbooks that dominate their class offerings, and create a book that reflects their expertise. The AcademicPub book will not only include a professor's classroom materials (slides, lecture notes, etc.) and select chapters from texts they may have used in the past, but new additions such as links to online texts, or current scholarship--journal articles, book chapters--from academic presses partnered with AcademicPub. Our job is not to dictate what the experts should teach (that’s what the big textbook publishers do, often to the consternation of our users), but to act as guides who can show them what is possible. There is no definitive book; rather, each introductory course pack is a jumping off point for a book that the professor revisits and updates as their courses evolve and grow. 

AP: Is there a price point you generally try to adhere to? How is that accomplished?

A course pack should never cost more than a standard textbook, and, typically, the eBook will be far less expensive. For example, instead of buying an entire textbook for the five or six most important chapters, just those selections are pulled out and put into the eBook. This keeps the cost of the book at a point where important articles, or essential topics covered in other texts can be added. The final book is both more affordable and a better fit for the goals of a particular curriculum.

AP: Who do you see using these books?

We see forward-thinking professors using AcademicPub custom books: educators, who want to use an excellent -- while affordable -- course pack. Finding this sweet spot is not always easy, but AcademicPub makes it possible for professors to combine their own course materials with texts from academic presses and thousands of OER sources into a much more effective text than the traditional, one-size-fits-all textbook. 


Interested in using and adapting these books for your class? You can find them in the AcademicPub Co-Op today.


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A New Way to Locate Content in the AcademicPub Library

Here at AcademicPub we have always believed that the ability to add a wide range of content is paramount to building a successful course pack.

We already offer access to our library of more than eight million pieces of content from over two hundred and forty publishers through a variety of means, including our Recommendation Engine, which suggests content that your peers have used, as well as materials that you've used before:


Traditionally, users have searched and browsed our Content Library by accessing the Discover Content feature in our platform.





Recently, and to much fanfare, we've also added the ability to search our Image Catalog, featuring Getty Images.

Today we're excited to announce a new, particularly efficient method to find the material you need when you know exactly what you're looking for. We call it Locate Content.


When you know the exact title or the ISBN of the content you wish to add to your custom textbook, this feature provides an easy, quick way to find and include it.


For example:


Additionally, in those rare cases that the library does not contain the piece of content a user is seeking, we've added the ability to automatically tell us to reach out to the publisher to acquire the rights for that content on your behalf:


Finding, discovering, browsing, and locating all the content you need has never been easier than with AcademicPub.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

AcademicPub and Getty Images, A Picture Perfect Match

Today we released an upgrade to the AcademicPub course pack creation platform including a number of major improvements (more of which we'll feature here in the days to come). What we're particularly excited about is our partnership with Getty Images and the creation of our Image Catalog. 

Educators using AcademicPub are already able add material to their textbooks from over 8 million pieces of text based content from over 240 different publishers along with PDFs, Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, blog posts, web pages, and embedded links. Starting today they can add images from the vast and impressive Getty Library. 

And even better? Each quality image costs students just 50¢.

Here's how it works:

You can still search and browse our Content Library, but for Getty Images you'll want to select our Image Catalog on the Add Content page:


Next you'll want to select a search term:


Here we've gone with Van Gogh:


Once we've selected an image the platform will show us additional information including the title and caption that Getty has provided.


Next we can add our own explanatory text and section title before adding the image to our project.