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Can Proper Licensing Help Solve Piracy Problems?

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Two UK rights experts argue that physical book piracy is often due to lack of availability — so, the more content that can be licensed the better.

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In Russia, One Textbook Publisher Rules Them All

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In Russia, a recent tender for school textbooks was so lopsided, with Prosveshcheniye dominating, that several competitors are already announcing lay offs.

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In Afghanistan, Fledgling Publishing Industry Takes First Steps

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Post-Taliban, a nascent publishing industry has emerged in Afghanistan, with hundreds of titles being published in Dari, Pashto, Uzbek and English.

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Could Government Policy Destroy South African Publishing?

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The South African government has decided to severely restrict purchases of textbooks, undermining a market largely dependent on education sales to the government.

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Analytics, Sampling Behind VitalSource’s CourseSmart Buy

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Primary to VitalSource’s acquisition of CourseSmart were the company’s superior analytics and sampling technology, says COO Kent Freeman.

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Can Textbook Nationalization Curb “Profiteering Publishers”?

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Hungary nationalized primary school textbook production to thwart what are viewed as ‘profiteering publishers'; Poland and South Africa are considering similar changes.

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LATin: South America’s Open Education Publishing Project

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Can open source textbooks help students to forgo photocopies in favor of required texts in Latin America? The bold open source LATin project aims to find out.

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Brazil at the Digital Tipping Point

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In 2012, global ebook retailers descended on Brazil. This year, the big story is about education and the shift to digital books in schools.

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Google Play Store to Rent and Sell Textbooks

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Google is getting into the textbook business by selling and renting materials from the top five education publishers in the US. The new service will launch August 8.

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New BISG Report: More Students Downloading Unauthorized Content

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A new report from BISG highlights student’s increasing efforts to find alternatives to traditional texts, as well as faculty concerns over costs and value.

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