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 …

First Thoughts on the iPad

In Hannah's Perspective by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The Apple iPad shipped in the United States over the weekend, and I’ve added my video review to the growing wave of iPad chatter. If you bought one and have thoughts about it, let Publishing Perspectives know in the comments or via Twitter @pubperspectives. httpv://

Who Writes History? Tone of Textbooks Changed in Texas

In Erin's Perspective by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox I believe it was Winston Churchill who said, “History is written by the victors.”  And, that phrase could not be truer when examining today’s decision by the Texas Board of Education to change social studies curriculum standards.  The vote came down 11-4 in favor of changing the guidelines for history, economic, and government textbooks to reflect a conservative …

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 …

Brazilian Publishers Still Growing Despite Global Recession

In Growth Markets by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Despite the general global economic downturn, Brazilian publishing has proven surprisingly resilient. For much of the past decade, the business has been growing at a steady clip, reaching $3.3 billion reals ($1.93 billion) in 2008—a rise of 9.71% over 2007. It is the eighth biggest book market in the world and the largest in South America, accounting …

Cengage CEO Ron Dunn on Re-imagining Information Portals and TXTBKS

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Last year, when Thomson sold off its education division, a new brand was born—Cengage Learning.  Cengage still retains many of the core characteristics that made Thomson Learning such a juggernaut—focusing on providing textbooks and education materials to schools, universities, and professional organizations—but the company has also been forced to re-imagine itself for the future. It is, by itself, …

What’s the Buzz: Recommending E-Bundles; UK E-Textbook Adoption, Twitter Dating

In News, What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Computerworld’s Mike Elgin writes that further hardware innovations are not what consumers or the publishing industry needs to develop the ebook market. Instead, Elgin wants more “bundled” books that include digital, print and audio versions, ebook releases prior to the print version, and ebooks that come with a built-in social network. The comments to the post are …

What’s the Buzz: What’s on Scribd, Dan Brown Fever, Digital Textbooks Take Off?

In News, What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson I’ve become fascinated with all the things people have uploaded onto Want to read and comment on a rough draft of your favorite author’s work-in-progress? Need the lecture notes from your biology class? Or maybe the instruction manual for your toaster oven? Look no further than Scribd! Some content is free, but Scrib also sells ebooks …

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 …

German Buch News: Berlin’s Students Launch Virtual Bookstore

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary A new virtual academic bookstore/library has been founded by Berlin students for students. The platform, called, provides free access to academic texts and can be searched by key word, author, title or ISBN. BuchMarkt reports that users can pay extra for certain services, like copying and pasting, printing pages, or marking certain passages. What’s more, it’s all completely …