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
(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.