Education

No, Data Isn’t Killing Literary Fiction
March 1, 2016 at 2:50 pm

Sophie Rochester asks in a recent article on The Bookseller, “Can publishing keep its soul in an increasingly data-driven future?” Rochester seems to have her doubts. She makes the argument that data-driven decision making conflicts with the creative intuition of editors and authors. If all book publishers do is chase sales data, then they will…

Press Release: Scholastic and We Need Diverse Books Announce Expanded Partnership
March 1, 2016 at 12:06 pm

NEW YORK — February 29, 2016 — Scholastic and the non-profit organization, We Need Diverse Books, today announced the expansion of their collaboration to bring more books by diverse authors and featuring diverse characters into schools nationwide. For the 2016-17 school year, Scholastic Reading Club and We Need Diverse Books will collaborate on eight flyers to…

Students Are Spending Less on Textbooks, but That’s Not All Good
March 1, 2016 at 11:43 am

With all of the talk about the high cost of college textbooks and the buzz about free online alternatives, it is surprising how little is understood about how much students spend on required course materials. The popular wisdom is not only that textbook costs are high ($1,200 a year per student, according to one oft-cited…

Press Release: Gale Content Now Discoverable through Google
February 29, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Farmington Hills, Mich., February 29, 2016 — Gale, a leading provider of library resources and part of Cengage Learning, has reached a major milestone in its quest to improve discoverability and researcher workflow, completing indexing work with Google. Researchers can now easily…

How Standards Can Improve Book Discovery & UX in 2016
February 29, 2016 at 2:42 pm

Last week Book Business hosted a free webinar (currently available on-demand) and asked industry experts what trends will shape book publishing in 2016. One of those experts was Kat Meyer, director of content development and acquisition at the Book Industry Study Group (BISG). She said that BISG members are most concerned with improving book discovery…

Amazon to Launch Open Educational Resources Platform
February 29, 2016 at 2:07 pm

Earlier this month, an EdWeek Market Brief reported that Amazon is preparing to beta-test a platform for open educational resources (OER) — textbooks and other classroom instructional materials that are provided online at no charge to users. Reportedly the platform will be called Amazon Inspire and is tentatively scheduled for public roll-out within the next…

Pearson Posts Profit Rise But Warns on Outlook
February 26, 2016 at 3:27 pm

Pearson PLC (PSON.LN) on Friday recorded a jump in full-year profit after earnings were boosted by the landmark sale of its trophy publishing assets, even as the education products specialist warned it faces a challenging outlook this year. London-based Pearson said its 2015 net profit soared to 823 million pounds ($1.15 billion) from GBP471 million…

Simon & Schuster Creates Imprint for Muslim-Themed Children’s Books
February 25, 2016 at 11:55 am

As a young Pakistani-American Muslim girl growing up in Connecticut, Zareen Jaffery used to devour novels by Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume, hoping those stories would offer some clues for how to fit in. “I remember looking at books to try to figure out, ‘What does it mean to be American? Am I doing this…

Press Release: Association of American Publishers Announces New Center for Innovation & Digital Learning
February 24, 2016 at 1:59 pm

WASHINGTON — February 22, 2016 — The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today announced the creation of a Center for Innovation & Digital Learning, an initiative designed to promote new ideas in the digital learning space and to support the development of next-generation educational technologies. “Learning materials are no longer solely the printed textbooks of…

Press Release: Fast Company Names Worldreader One of the Top 10 Most Innovative Not-For-Profit Companies
February 22, 2016 at 1:42 pm

SAN FRANCISCO — February 16, 2016 — Worldreader, a nonprofit dedicated to improving literacy in the developing world using digital books, today announced that it has been named by Fast Company as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Not-For-Profit Companies. Most innovative Companies is one of Fast Company’s most significant and highly anticipated editorial…