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Pearson Goes All In on Digital Updates

Tony Wan writes the following for EdSurge:

The biggest education company in the world is moving away from a production model that has been one of the main drivers in the rising cost of textbooks.

[On July 15], Pearson announced it will adopt a ‘digital first’ approach to updating its higher ed course materials, meaning that any revisions or changes to textbook content will happen first in the digital version. This new development process goes into effect next year, when ‘we will have a substantial number of titles that we will apply this new model to,’ says Pearson CEO John Fallon. Eventually, all of the publisher’s 1,500 higher ed titles will follow suit over the next couple of years. …

This marks a significant departure from the traditional textbook product development cycle, in which titles are updated and reprinted about every two to three years.

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