For the fall semester, California State University (CSU) has launched a pilot program to license digital course content for select courses from five educational publishers: Bedford, Freeman & Worth (BFW) Publishing Group, Cengage Learning, McGraw-Hill Education, Pearson and John Wiley & Sons Inc. According to CSU, the program "promises students will pay the lowest price available for the licensed, digital version of their course materials that are interactive and engaging."
Book Business and Publishing Executive magazines have announced the 2010 inductees into the Publishing Executive Hall of Fame, the industry's most prestigious awards recognition for excellence in book and magazine publishing production and manufacturing.
While Amazon (AMZN) sucked up most of the air in book publishing circles this week, both Scholastic (SCHL) and McGraw-Hill (MHP) quietly posted encouraging earnings reports, with promising signs of good tidings over the next three months.
Around the very same time that BusinessWeek reported that "E-Book Readers Bomb on College Campuses"—referring to negative feedback from students on Amazon's test program where it distributed the Kindle DX to select classes at seven universities—Osman Rashid and Babur Habib, co-founders of the new Kno e-reading device, were premiering the e-reader, which the co-founders say is perfect for the textbook market, at the 2010 D Conference, D8 (by All Things Digtal).
McGraw-Hill Professional (MPH) has introduced Essentials, a line of e-books that now are available exclusively in the Amazon Kindle Store and the Barnes&Noble.com eBookstore.
Harold W. McGraw, Jr., who began his career as a book company sales representative in the firm founded by his grandfather, James H. McGraw, and went on to lead McGraw-Hill's rapid growth as a diversified global company through the dawn of the Digital Age, died peacefully at his home this morning at the age of 92.
Six global publishers—Bedford, Freeman and Worth Publishing Group, a subsidiary of Macmillan; Cengage Learning; Elsevier; John Wiley & Sons; The McGraw-Hill Companies; and Pearson Education—have obtained an injunction against Swiss-based file-sharing site Rapidshare.com. The judgment, handed down by a German court in Hamburg, ordered Rapidshare to implement measures to prevent illegal file-sharing of 148 copyright-protected works cited in a lawsuit filed Feb. 4 by the publishers.
The McGraw-Hill Companies announced that it will reorganize its McGraw-Hill Education (MHE) division into four specialized "Learning Solutions Centers." The reorganization, which combines MHE's core basal publishing operations with its supplemental publishing operations, has resulted in the elimination of 340 jobs. Additionally, MHE's parent company has eliminated 125 positions in its information and media division and 85 in its financial services division, for a total of 550 jobs lost.
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Google suffered another setback in its efforts to defend its digital book library when rival Yahoo declined to provide information to assist with an upcoming copyright infringement lawsuit revolving around its digital-book scanning program. Yahoo responded to a Google subpoena and objected to providing information for two upcoming court battles Google will face against the Author’s Guild and McGraw-Hill Companies. The plaintiffs accuse Google of digitizing material without prior consent from the copyright holder. Google had hoped to gain information about how its competitors had undertaken similar projects. Yahoo said in its Nov. 20 filling to the United States District Court in the Northern District of