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Economics of College Textbooks


Publishers Fight Back

Free Internet Libraries

Education Libraries

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Development Sites with Textbooks

Development Sites with Materials

Free Textbooks Adoption Plan

Improving Free/Open  Textbooks
 

Interesting Free Textbook Ideas


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Geekability the New Intelligence Destroying America's Middle Class

Capitalism Not to Blame for Middle-Class Plight   

      Students Personal Finance  

    Free Internet Libraries    

Professor A's Advice for College Students  

Video Lectures for College Courses  

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Free Textbooks and Lecture Notes
21st Century Learning Products Books and Video Lectures 
Academic Earth -- many video lectures from the world's top scholars on many subjects
Accounting Books-
- an extensive collect
Accounting for Managers has many concise booklets with exercises
Accounting Practice Sets
-- one designed for a pencil and two designed for software.
Accounting Test Review Notes is a 48 page,  seven tests reviews of Accounting I and II.
Accounting Tests with Answers
help you prepare for tests.  
Active Free Stuff
has a developing education section.
Audio Books the classics and much more
Aussie Educator Textbooks-- has an extensive collection of textbooks and portals
Bibliomania-- reference books, literature notes, study guides, articles, interviews...
Bookboon.com-- concise free textbooks contain advertising
Book Summaries-- 5-8 page summaries of current political science books

Business  Courses are from major universities.
Business & Economics Video Lectures
Business  e-books tend to be applications oriented.
Business Textbook Internet Library-- many business areas

Capitalistic Democracy
Chaos Science Revealed! Order "Chaos", on DVD!

Choosing a Major/Career
Classics Sixty-one of the greatest classic and growing.
College Courses Video Lectures go over important concepts "Quickly"
Community College Consortium Open Educational Resources Open Content
Computers Books For Business
Computer Education Libraries have free software, tutoring, and books.
"Cosmology: History and Nature of Our Universe", on DVD, Xplore the Mysteries of
Creative Commons-- click on Find CC Licensed Work, enter the subject area
Curriculums, Individualized
Debt, The Big Secret Behind U.S. Federal
Dieting has an interesting approach.
Digital Book Index has 130 000 title records, 90 000 of these books are free.
Economic Textbooks has books for economics majors and professions.
Economics Test Review Notes
Educating the Class of 2030
Education Libraries cover economic implications of education, improvements, reforms
Education's Bottom Line

Education, U.S. vs. Germany and Britain, Our Biggest Value Added Competitors
is a subject I became interested in when I semi retired in 1989. It lead me to Individualized Curriculum Will Grow Better Students at a Lower Cost.
Education, Curriculums
Educational Audio/Video Libraries cove academic subjects
Effective Reasoning, How to Make Your Point! Order "Argumentation: The Study of Effective"
English Video Lectures-TOFEL
e-books-Business
e-books-Mobile
e-books-Classic
e-books- Modern Fiction

English as a Second Language has extensive help.
English Video Lectures will help you learn English.
Excel Statistics Lab Manual is written in Excel. Use aprilblackie to unlock
Excel, Quick Statistics Course Using Microsoft TM
has free books, homework, and tests.
Flat World Knowledge has free textbooks with advertising.
Free Book Center has many computer and mathematic books.
Free High School Textbooks

Free Non-business Textbooks from Anthropology to Software and Sociology and beyond.
Free Online Books links to major collections plus subject collections.
freeonlinebookstore.org has an extensive, well organized collection.

Freeload Press
has free college textbooks paid for with advertising.
Get Free pdf books is extensive.
Globusz has great business books on other subjects.
Global Text Project-- click on the Books tab.
Grade Saver Online Study Guides: extensive,  grouped alphabetically for easier access.
Health Care Cost Statistics
are not pretty.
HippoCampus
has audio/video lectures on Algebra, American Government, Biology, Calculus, Environmental Science, Physics, Religion, and U.S. History
History Using Quick Notes concise info on history, politics, understanding today
iLumina has sharable undergraduate teaching materials for chem, bio, physics, math, CS.
Iran, A Concise 20th Century History of Iran
Iraq, A  Concise 20th Century History of
Islamic Fundamentalism

Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (US)  provides content of popular courses.
Lecture Fox has physics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and the faculty mix.
Light and Matter open source physics textbooks
Managers, Accounting for has many concise booklets with exercises
Math Texts from  Professor Mark Dubin, at the University of Colorado
Math, Interactive, where you learn math by playing with it.
Mathematics textbooks online: George Cain, School of Mathematics, Georgia Inst Tech
MBA Prerequisite Books and Notes-- many business areas
MIT Open Course Ware
Music, Learn the Language of Music! Order "Understanding the Fundamentals of Music", DVD, CD, MP3!
National Academies Press, The ‘Read more than 3 000 books online.
Online Books Internet Library -- many areas, especially literature.

Online Medical Textbooks: has a wide a variety.
Online Science and Math Textbooks: biochem, chemistry, aeronautics, medical manuals
Open Book Project encourages and coordinate collaboration among students teachers
Open College Textbooks beginning of 2009

Open Course Ware Finder allows search six open courseware sites simultaneously.
Open Culture lists books by subject.

Open Learn from the UK has comprehensive materials on business, technology, the Arts...
Orange Grove Text Plus from
Oxford Scholarship Online: monographs in many academic areas and 1,350 Oxford books.
Perseus Digital Library, The Tufts Univ ‘Perseus brings a wide range of source materials.
Probability Video Lectures are "Quick" and to the point.
Probability Tests Taking Tips
Programming Books, Online
is extensive
Project Gutenberg covers both fiction & non-fiction.

Pink Monkey: study guides, book notes, and online textbooks for 15 subjects.
Quick Notes Course Outlines
-- accounting, economics, statistics, mathematics
Saskatchewan University (CA) has general engineering class notes.
Science Texts an extensive list from Professor Mark Dubin, at the University of Colorado
Sparknotes study guides covering a range of areas is predominantly Language based
Statistics Formula Reviews
four concise reviews

Statistics Test Review Notes two pages per chapter
Statistics Tests with Answers help you prepare for problem tests.
Statistics Test Passing Help has multiple choice and true/false tests, answers provide.
Statistics Video Lectures cover the basics quickly.
Sunnis and Shiites at War 
TED talks has mind-expanding short talks.
Test Prep Internet Library
links to free test preparation materials
Textbook Revolution-- many diverse areas
The Assayer coves many areas, specializes in math and science.
Tufts OpenCourseWare
VideoLectures.net has many  subjects, with a focus is on computer science.
Virtual Learning   
Wikibooks open-content textbooks
-- many diverse areas
Web-Books.Com
has over 1,000 free public domain e-book downloads.
Webcast.Berkeley has current and archived course and recorded special events.
World Wide School® Library: Lit, Soc Sci etc. divided into language sub-directories
Professors Providing Free Internet Textbook Alternatives

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Free Courses
21st Century Learning Products Courses for students and Course Materials for teachers. Subject area include  Accounting, Economics, Mathematics, and Statistics using Excel.Minitab,SPSS,TI-84.
100 Free Online Ivy League Courses
A Christian Thought Experiment
Academic Earth - Video lectures from the world's top scholars
Berkeley Webcasts
Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative
English as a Second Language has extensive material.
English Video Lectures will help you learn English.
Johns Hopkins
Kutztown University specializes in Small Business Management
MIT
MRU University specializes in Economics
National Repository of Online Courses-- high school, AP and college courses
Notre Dame

Open Course Ware Consortium has an extensive list of open courses by country.
Open University -UK
Quick Notes Course -- accounting, economics, statistics (Excel, Minitab, SPSS, TI-84)
Sofia from Foothill-De Anza CC with testing material makes this truly a user friendly site.
Stanford Courses
Tufts University
Utah University
Utah Open Courseware Alliance
Yale Open Educational Resources Initiative
 
University of California's College Prep Online (AP and other courses online)
UC Irvine Courses Online
University  of South Queens



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The Economics of College Textbooks
Supply

Publishers create paper books to explain material requested by teachers.  Colleges sell to students at a 33% markup making a profit or sell bookstore rights to a national chain for instant profit and less management responsibility.

Demand

Students need something to study.
Teachers need material to teach and help developing and grading tests
The Used Textbook Market
More than ten years ago an extensive used textbook industry developed and student participants saved money.

Publishers Fight Back causing much higher prices
The used textbook market cut into publisher profit margins. Their response was more frequent edition changes. This, they hoped, would make textbooks indispensable. In courses where homework problems were an integral part of the textbook, problems were changed making used textbooks less useful. The added material increase printing cost, and caused numerous mistakes making the books less useful. Special publisher programs like the Thomson - Service Plus - Rewards and ThomsonNOW | Online learning and course management from Thomson ...   gave students an e-book option for about 60% of the cost of paper and allows teacher to automatically make a syllabus, tests, grades, and students can check grades. Also, according to the company, material to make learning easier was provided.

The bottom line
Changes made by publishers increase production cost meaning prices had to go up at a faster rate to maintain profit margins.

Anecdotal Information gathered over thirty-five years of teaching and ten years of selling books from the Quick Notes Learning System
series to about ten college bookstores.
 
If one hundred students sign up for a class, the bookstore orders about seventy books, returns ten books, buys back 40 books of which 30 look like new.

From a teacher's standpoint, the test bank is the most important ingredient.
Publishers make the testing process easier with test banks which can be taken and graded by a machine. The average professor teaches four classes per term with a total of 100 to 1,000 students. Final exam are given over a short period with grades due a few days after the exam period. The Professor, using the publishers test bank, selects questions and  prints the multiple choice test and answer sheet. A machine is used to grade the test. Bells and whistles like a grade distribution and test results by question are interesting, but superfluous.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Development Sites with Textbooks
Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources, which was founded by the Foothill-De Anza Community College District and the League for Innovation in the Community College.
eduCommons will help you develop and manage an open access collection of course materials.
Global Text Project, originated by Dr. Richard Watson at the University of Georgia.
OpenTextBook.org is a registry of textbooks and text book material that is open in accordance with the Open Knowledge Definition (OKD).
FlexBooks has HS science, math, engineering, and technology textbooks
Wikibooks - offers over 30,000 open-content textbooks.
The Free Textbook Project help in creating and sharing educational materials.

Development Sites with Useful Materials
The Orange Grove
CK-12 Foundation
provides learning segments that can be combined into books.
Connexions
, from Rice University  "... is a rapidly growing collection of free scholarly materials and a powerful set of free software tools to help, authors publish and collaborate, instructors rapidly build and share custom courses, learners explore the links among concepts, courses, and disciplines. View an in-depth introduction to Connexions in the TED2006 presentation by Connexions Founder Richard Baraniuk."
California Open Source Textbook Project (COSTP) is a collaborative, public/private undertaking. It has been created to address the high cost, content range, and consistent shortages of K-12 textbooks in California.
Open Educational Resources Commons is a teaching and learning network of shared materials, fro
m K-12 through college, from algebra to zoology, open to everyone.
Open of Course is a multilingual community portal for free online courses and tutorials.
TED2006 an in-depth introduction to Connexions presentation by its founder Richard Baraniuk.
Open Educational Resources (OER) Index
Open Education Resource Center  for California provides support for community college educators.

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Free Textbooks Adoption Plan

1) Students, working through an existing student group--student senate, economics club, business club, would form a committee.
2) Choose a basic course (Accounting, Economics, Statistics, Botany), where material tested is very generic.
3) The appropriate department would be asked to work with the committee in choosing an appropriate free textbook and tying the syllabus to the free textbook. In courses with extensive reading, the department would tie the reading list to one or two of the free sources. Where tests consist of problems, the department would choose a free textbook that has similar problems. Perhaps a faculty member could use their sabbatical to develop materials.
4)
Open Textbook Adoption by Judy Baker provides five steps for teachers wanting to adopt open textbooks.
5) Have the department create a department wide testing and grading mechanism. Once this is accomplished, teachers will not be dependent on publishers for this material and free e-textbooks can replace costly paper textbooks.
6) Schools should develop a Tech-based, Activity-driven educational system centered on student activity rather than lectures.

Open Textbook Testimonial, Erik Christensen of South Florida Community College. Professors Providing Free Internet Textbook Alternatives For Their Students

 

Improving Free/Open Textbooks

1) Internet sites collecting materials should perform a rationing function separating interesting subject matter from actual textbooks. For example  Connexions correctly calls its material a collection of small "knowledge chunks". Too many sites do not separate textbooks from chunks.
2)  Sites too often go for quantity rather than quality.

3) Someone must develop easy to use testing materials currently provided by publishers. For examples
Sofia course material provides tests along with course notes and is ready to go while Wikibooks is developing some interesting material but no testing material is provided.
4) Studies show that students complain about costs but are slow to move to alternatives. A way must be found to use student inputs in the development of free Internet based textbooks.
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Interesting Free Textbook Ideas

Ohio State eases book-buying pain by putting selected books on line for their own students. The problem with this system is it lowers demand which will cause publishers to increase price to maintain margins.
socialbib - If you are a college student (,  you should try to get your textbooks for free. It is a great site that is free to join if you are a currently enrolled student.
World Public Library

Other Free Textbooks Advocates
TeleRead-- Advocating A Well-Stocked National Digital Library
Free Curricula Center produces and distributes university-level curricula that can be copied freely and modified cooperatively.
Open Knowledge Foundation-- Protecting and Promoting Open Knowledge in a Digital Age

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A Christian Thought Experiment
A Christmas Story
The Economics of Open Content Symposium - WGBH Forum Network
UT to Offer Free Electronic Textbooks
'Name Your Price' Textbooks Hit The Web
New Study Outlines 12 Reasons for Soaring College Costs from the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP)
Southeastern offers Textbook Reserve Program
Creative Commons Blog
Global Text Project Blog

TeleRead Blog

Are Copyrights a Textbook Scam: Alternatives to Financing Textbook Production in the 21st Century from the Center for Economic and Policy Research
“Textbook Prices Too Much, So UVSC Professor Eliminates Their Use,”
A Newly Emerging Infrastructure to Support Free Textbooks...
10 Tips: Be book smart when buying college texts
Inside Higher Ed Online Texts for CC Students
Top 100 Open Courseware Projects

Facts Regarding Textbook Renting Programs
Independence Hall Association Launches Free, Online American History

 

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