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AcademicPub Launches Custom Publishing Option for Higher Ed
AcademicPub, a unit of SharedBook, Inc., has launched the first custom publishing option for the real time delivery of copyright-cleared course materials to the higher education community. AcademicPub is targeted to faculty and administrators who desire to create custom course materials at a reasonable price for students, by combining authoritative materials from 21 academic publishers with web content, as well as material the educators create themselves.
The proprietary browser-based service enables a faculty member to review the searchable AcademicPub Content Library by discipline or sub-discipline and, when presented with a plethora of choices, to take advantage of the AcademicPub recommendation engine that makes content more discoverable by identifying materials in use by one’s peers as well as recommendations from publishers within the Content Library as to materials most widely adopted. Already, the AcademicPub Content Library contains more than 100,000 units of articles, textbook chapters, scholarly research, and cases.
The AcademicPub Content Library, which began to be populated in late January 2011 with six content providers, has more than tripled its partnership rolls in the 3 months since, adding respected partners such as EBSCO, Foreign Affairs, Harvard Business Publishing, and the latest, the American Institute of Physics. A just-completed partnership with Textbook Media makes a wealth of textbooks in core 101-level courses available by chapter. A complete and current list of content partners can be found here.
SharedBook’s technology platform assembles, composes, prices, and delivers custom books for educators, consumers, online publishers, and enterprises. AcademicPub, built specifically for educators, allows for immediate creation of custom course materials and features real-time copyright clearance, and the ability to include materials from anywhere—web articles, professor-authored material, or AcademicPub Library content. Headquartered in New York since 2004, SharedBook is privately held.
AIP Publishing, a division of the American Institute of Physics (AIP), announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with SharedBook, which makes AIP’s catalog of journals available through SharedBook’s AcademicPub platform. AIP Publishing is the first physical science publisher to make its content available on AcademicPub. Under the agreement, AcademicPub users will have copyright-cleared access to AIP’s 13 scholarly journals, including Journal of Applied Physics, Applied Physics Letters, and The Journal of Chemical Physics.
Sources: AcademicPub and AIP Publishing
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