Do Google and Wikipedia Rob Students of a Real Education?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Ed Nawotka In today’s editorial, Ron Mobed of Cengage Learning argues that digital tools and content turbocharge traditional education. Within the piece, he cites a 2009 UCLA study that “found that students learn better when they become engaged in a trial-and-error method to find information, rather than simply use Google or Wikipedia to reveal answers.” Translation: when students have …

How Digital Technology Turbocharges Traditional Education

In Guest Contributors, Resources by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Ron Mobed, Cengage Learning We can all agree that technology is sweeping across the educational frontier like a wildfire. Many say digital innovations transform the relationships between instructors and students, students and learning material, and students and their peers. More important, the correct use of technology, together with high-quality content, pedagogy and instruction, offers a dramatic improvement in …

The Potential and Promise of “Live” E-books

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Enhanced e-books with web and video links embedded in the text is just the beginning: “One of the things we can do is to enable the creation of unique new data sets using the Internet as a source,” says Bruce Molloy, CEO of Connotate. “Real time analysis and use of this new data will allow publishers to …

German Court Stops RapidShare Book Downloads, Threatens Fines and Jail time

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Several of the largest textbook companies in the world, including Bedford, Freeman & Worth; Cengage Learning; Elsevier; the McGraw-Hill Companies; Pearson; and John Wiley & Sons — have won a preliminary injunction in Hamburg, Germany against Swiss-basd filesharing Web site RapidShare, preventing the service from distributing copies of some 148 of the company’s titles. In a report …

Best of '09: Analysing the Global Ranking of Publishers

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

As 2009 comes to a close we wanted to celebrate by bringing you a week’s worth of your favorite articles that we’re run on Publishing Perspectives. We’ll be back on Monday, January 4, with our next new feature. In the meantime, enjoy the best of ‘09 and check our news blog for updates and analysis. Today, industry consultant Rüdiger Wischenbart …

Bonus Material: Pop Quiz

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

As a compliment to our lead story about Cengage Learning we offer a quick and easy pop quiz. Off the top of your head and without peeking, how many words in common usages in English can you identify that have no rhymes? We came up with seven… Diamond Orange Silver Purple Month Limited Ninth Of course, the truth is that …

Analysing the Global Ranking of Publishers

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Rüdiger Wischenbart Editor’s Note: For the past three years publishing consultant Rüdiger Wischenbart has released a “Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry,” which looks at companies with revenues over $US250 million. Here is his analysis of the latest ranking, focusing on how the changing dynamics between the professional/science, education and trade sectors have have affected this year’s ranking. It …

Top US/UK Trade Talk: HMH Parent Dodges Bankruptcy; Rent a Textbook

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The Financial Times reports that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s parent company Education Media & Publishing Group (which is registered in the Cayman Islands) has refinanced its debt, once again avoiding bankruptcy, possibly for the next year or so. “The agreement will cut EMPG’s long-term debt, now standing at about $7.6bn, by more than $1bn and reduce annual interest …