Archive for July, 2009

Extensive Collection of Free E-Textbooks Available

Friday, July 31st, 2009

The UC Libraries have licensed a substantial collection of e-textbooks, which are available for use by faculty and students free of charge.  The full list, divided into broad subject areas, is available online, as are lists of e-book titles not classified as textbooks.

Each chapter is available as a PDF file, which can be downloaded, printed, or transferred to a PDA or Kindle. Whether in the textbook category or not, all of the titles can be used in electronic course reserves, on course Web sites, in course management systems, and for many other educational purposes.

PhD Comics Tackles Scientific Journal Publishing

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

PhD Comics examines the process of publishing articles in scientific journals in an amusing but accurate series of strips.  Check out the one on the rivalry between the journals Nature and Science.

New Online Tools for Evaluating Fair Use Status

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Two new online tools are available to help authors and instructors evaluate the fair use status of material they want to use in publishing or teaching:  the Fair Use Evaluator and Exemptions for Instructors tool. Both are provided free of charge by the American Library Association.

Textbook Rental Gains in Popularity

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Recent articles in The New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education draw attention to the gain in popularity and business of commercial Web sites offering textbook rental.  A number of campuses in the University of Wisconsin system also offer textbook rental to their students.

Justice Department Investigates Google Books Agreement

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

According to The New York Times, the U.S. Department of Justice has opened an official investigation into whether the Google Books agreement between the Internet giant and authors/publishers violates antitrust laws. 

The text of the department’s notification letter is available on John Paczkowski’s Digital Daily blog.