Archive for the ‘Textbooks’ Category

Applications Being Accepted for UCLA Library’s Affordable Course Materials Initiative

Friday, March 15th, 2013

The UCLA Library recently launched the Affordable Course Materials Initiative, which incentivizes instructors to use low-cost or free alternatives to expensive course materials.  These can include open-access scholarly resources, Library-licensed and owned resources, and learning objects and texts that faculty create themselves.

Applications are now being accepted for courses to be taught during the the 2013-14 academic year.  A total of $10,000 is available: Five awards of $1,000 each for instructors teaching courses with enrollments of fewer than two hundred students, and two awards of $2,500 each for instructors teaching courses with enrollment of two hundred or more students.

Further information on the application procedure and deadlines is available on the initiative website.


Open Textbooks See Increased Interest for Fall 2009

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Flat World Knowledge, a company which provides alternatives to high cost textbooks stated in their press release they are providing textbooks to over 38,000 students on 350 college campuses this fall, up from 1,000 students at 30 campuses this time last year.

CALPIRG and students groups across the country are campaigning to make faculty aware of the need to reduce the costs of course materials.

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.

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.

Several Universities Experiment with Amazon’s New Kindle

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Amazon unveiled the new Kindle DX May 6, designed with a larger screen for newspapers and textbooks.  The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that Case Western University is evaluating Kindles preloaded with course materials.  The university cites the high cost of textbooks and the need to find alternatives for students.

Princeton, one of several other universities involved in pilot projects, is looking into the Kindle to save paper on campus.  Currently, twelve textbook publishers offer more than 6,300 titles.