Books and Publishing

Books and Publishing
Mar 18, 2021
As COVID-19 forced professors to embrace digital texts, they were likelier to know about -- but not to use -- free, openly licensed materials. Progress was greatest at colleges that promoted OER, especially minority-serving ones.
Scott McLemee reviews J. Michael Martinez’s Libertines: American Political Sex Scandals From Alexander Hamilton to Donald Trump.
Cover of After the Ivory Tower Falls, and a photo of Will Bunch, a middle-aged white man with a graying beard.
Journalist Will Bunch examines the parallel breakdowns of American politics and higher ed in After the Ivory Tower Falls.
A collage of covers of books mentioned in the article.
Scott McLemee takes a look at forthcoming university press titles.
An illustration of two hands holding a book.
Rebecca Alpert explores what we should be teaching graduate students in the humanities today—such as how to navigate writing a book-length work.
Scott McLemee takes a peek at Lynn Spigel's TV Snapshots: An Archive of Everyday Life
Image of the book jacket for The Politics of AI, by Mark Coeckelbergh.
Scott McLemee reviews Mark Coeckelbergh’s The Political Philosophy of AI.
The cover of Self-Improvement by Mark Coeckelbergh
Scott McLemee begins a two-part look at Mark Coeckelbergh’s books Self-Improvement: Technologies of the Soul in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and The Political Philosophy of AI.
Cover of The Bright Ages: A New Medieval History of Europe.
A killed book review and resulting racist backlash reveal the extent of white gatekeeping, ally performativity and outright racism in academe, Ambereen Dadabhoy and Erik Wade write.
Covers of several of the books mentioned in the column.
Scott McLemee takes an early look at university press books coming this fall.
The covers of the three novels mentioned in the piece, Chemistry, Real Life and The Life of the Mind.
New academic novels from millennial authors depict a world of demoralized graduate assistants and academics and offer little by way of hope, Jeffrey J. Williams writes.
Cover of Ron E. Hassner’s Anatomy of Torture, showing hooded figures operating a medieval torture device.
Scott McLemee reviews Ron E. Hassner’s Anatomy of Torture.
The cover of In Praise of Good Bookstores, by Jeff Deutsch
Scott McLemee reviews Jeff Deutsch’s In Praise of Good Bookstores.

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March 18, 2021

As COVID-19 forced professors to embrace digital texts, they were likelier to know about -- but not to use -- free, openly licensed materials. Progress was greatest at colleges that promoted OER, especially minority-serving ones.

August 19, 2020

Can colleges teach students what they need to know in the 21st century? Derek Bok offers an answer.

December 4, 2019

Planned pricing changes by academic publisher Cengage have not gone down well with the National Association of College Stores.

November 4, 2019

As major textbook publishers grapple with new strategic directions, alternative providers focused on lower-cost materials seize the opportunity to grow their market share.

September 19, 2019

As California's community colleges implement degree pathways with no textbook costs, what -- if anything -- can be gleaned from their data?

September 18, 2019

Publishers’ sales teams can freely visit professors on many campuses. Steven J. Bell asks, shouldn't academic librarians promoting alternatives have easy access to the faculty, too?

July 30, 2019

Concerned about limited purchasing options and potential price increases, students and consumer groups challenge the proposed merger of two major textbook publishers.

June 13, 2019

State University of New York system strikes deal with Lumen Learning to expand and fill gaps in systemwide platform to deliver open educational resources free to students.

May 2, 2019

Cengage and McGraw-Hill Education will combine to create one giant education publisher focused on digital content. Observers aren’t convinced that’s a good thing for students.

April 29, 2019

Analysis commissioned by advocacy group documents how major companies' business strategies could help them lock up research and learning data that colleges and scholars need.

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