Pearson moving from print textbooks for college to digital-first

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Pearson moving from print textbooks for college to digital-first

Posted 17 July 2019 - 10:08 AM

Sorry future college kids.. those super expensive books will now be all digital, all the time, and your reading habits, and other mobile platform data, will be mined for money.

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On Tuesday it said it's ending regular revisions of all print textbooks in its higher-education category. As Pearson faces mounting pressure from the resale market, the move signals a growing shift in the publishing industry to a "digital-first" model.

Instead of revising all 1,500 of its active titles every three years according to the print schedule, the British education publisher said it will focus on updating its digital products more frequently, offering artificial intelligence capabilities, data analytics and research.

https://www.cbsnews....n-digital-push/

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 10:23 AM

And it'll be just as expensive despite not having to print and bind and distribute all those books. In fact, I bet it'll be even more expensive, and they'll probably quote "server space for the licenses" as the reason why, even though space is cheap nowadays.
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Posted 17 July 2019 - 11:36 AM

most of my older son's books already come in digital format for around $75 each while the print versions are in the hundreds
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Posted 17 July 2019 - 11:37 AM

Does he keep them for ever or are they 'rented'?
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Posted 17 July 2019 - 11:38 AM

some are keepers some are "rented" but most are rented and generally you dont have a choice as to which you get
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Posted 17 July 2019 - 11:40 AM

The impact isnít for upper division or in-major textbooks. Rather, the impact is for the freshman level service classes. Pearson is restructuring to better support online homework, which is becoming increasingly crucial as colleges are growing class sizes and relying more on adjuncts instead of hiring tenure-track and full time faculty. I had 200 students each semester last year. Online homework was a necessity. Both the students and I hated the homework system.

With that said, the online system was the cheapest (non-used) option for students to gain access to the textbook.
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Posted 17 July 2019 - 03:28 PM

Will the books be DRM-free?
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Posted 17 July 2019 - 03:36 PM

Likely not. The books are usually accessible only via the publisher's website, and not available to download.
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Posted 17 July 2019 - 04:19 PM

I honestly cannot understand why anyone tolerates this three-year revision cycle. For textbooks teaching fundamentals, almost nothing of interest changes in that timeframe, it's just a way for publishers to sell to a captive audience at top dollar.
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Posted 17 July 2019 - 05:19 PM

From the math side, itís very much the online homework systems. If Iím teaching four large classes each semester, I cannot possibly give graded, written homework, especially when there is no money for grading support. There are about three or four big companies that provide these systems. Some are better than others.

There is a reason that Stewartís Calculus text is widely used, when Miklos Bona has a free, online version that is substantially better.
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Posted 17 July 2019 - 05:34 PM

So what you're saying is, a good open source math problem set app would be a high-impact project?

(I only ask because I know of this startup accelerator that looks for high-impact projects...)
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Posted 17 July 2019 - 07:47 PM

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So what you're saying is, a good open source math problem set app would be a high-impact project?


This would be a very high impact project if departments would adopt it.

I think the only other point of contention within a department would be the amount of hand-holding available for both the faculty and students. We had a representative assigned to us, that handled training in-person, as well as provided a significant amount of support after the fact. The students also had access to the company's technical support team. I think most companies offer 24/7 technical support. Hence, you can see where the money goes.

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Posted 18 July 2019 - 07:15 AM

Now I am thinking - will these digital textbooks be _FINALLY_ formatted for the visually impaired? My guess is no.. but there may be a chance.
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Posted 18 July 2019 - 07:25 AM

Is digital really greener than paper?
Saving the environment or saving money? Which you prefer ?

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Posted 18 July 2019 - 07:31 AM

The screen readers can read them out better I'm sure.

I prefer paper to digital. I like being able to hold it.
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