*+-Illustrated books and textbooks, far more than novels, require more effort produce and updated digital tools are necessary to make that process easier.
*+-HP’s innovations in digital printing allow publishers to reduce costs for printing and inventory management. Find out more on April 13 in London.
*+-Amazon has launched a new tool for authors to create and sell digital textbooks. But there are questions about royalty rates on higher priced e-textbooks.
*+-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.
*+-In Russia, a recent tender for school textbooks was so lopsided, with Prosveshcheniye dominating, that several competitors are already announcing lay offs.
*+-Post-Taliban, a nascent publishing industry has emerged in Afghanistan, with hundreds of titles being published in Dari, Pashto, Uzbek and English.
*+-The South African government has decided to severely restrict purchases of textbooks, undermining a market largely dependent on education sales to the government.
*+-Primary to VitalSource’s acquisition of CourseSmart were the company’s superior analytics and sampling technology, says COO Kent Freeman.
*+-Hungary nationalized primary school textbook production to thwart what are viewed as ‘profiteering publishers'; Poland and South Africa are considering similar changes.
*+-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.