ACADEMICPUB CELEBRATES FIRST-YEAR SUCCESS, LOOKS AHEAD
Higher Ed Unit of SharedBook Inc. Notes Six-Fold Increase in Publishing Partners and Schools’ Embrace of CUSTOM COLLEGE PLUS, Expects Custom “Book-Building” to Spike Next Year
New York, NY, May 1, 2012 – One year after entering the higher ed market, AcademicPub™ moves confidently into its second year of operations with 130 publishing partners supplying 3 million-plus units of high-quality, copyright-cleared content, 20 schools embracing CUSTOM COLLEGE PLUS™, and more than 2,000 professors and other higher ed instructors as active users of its platform. The announcement was made by Caroline Vanderlip, CEO, SharedBook Inc., the parent company of AcademicPub.
On the publishing partner front, AcademicPub has grown at a strong and consistent pace since its April 2011 launch, adding 109 new publishers to its original list of 21 partners for a total of 130. Recently signed publishers include Berkshire Publishing, CATO Institute, OECD, University of Akron Press, and Urban Institute Press. These new publishing partners join houses from around the world, with top university presses in the U.S. – such as Yale and University of Chicago – complemented by dozens of others, including Cambridge and Oxford.
More than 75 disciplines are represented in the easy-to-use AcademicPub content library bursting with 3,000,000 units of easily searchable, copyright-cleared material. In addition, eight “White Label” custom publishing platforms – created specifically for AcademicPub’s publishing partners – deliver turn-key distribution of digitized, disaggregated content.
CUSTOM COLLEGE PLUS, a co-branded custom publishing solution for institutions of higher education, has also grown dramatically in the past year, with schools and, in many cases their bookstore partners, embracing its user-friendly web portal, eBook and professionally published output choices, and the repository of custom course materials created that comes with their use. Twenty schools in the U.S. and Canada are now part of CUSTOM COLLEGE PLUS.
“The last year has been a period of constant change in the higher ed publishing market, with the “chunking” of content taking center stage, while debate rages over why ‘going digital’ has not appreciably lowered the cost of books for college students,” said Vanderlip. “AcademicPub has not only survived, but thrived amidst this constant upheaval. We are extremely well-positioned for our second year of operations, and look forward to helping institutions and instructors find the best content uniquely suited to their classes, thereby providing top-tier material to students at the lowest possible price.”
Under AcademicPub’s “disaggregated model,” professors can comb through the AcademicPub library, looking for the very best content in their discipline. They can then mix and match that content into a consistently presented and compelling narrative or set of chapters. Finally, the content can be delivered to students in print or digital format, whichever method leads to the best learning result.
AcademicPub, Sharedbook Inc’s technology platform for higher education, assembles, composes, prices and delivers custom textbooks – in eBook and/or print format. AcademicPub allows for immediate creation and inclusion of copyright-cleared content from anywhere, such as web articles, self-generated lectures or from the AcademicPub Content Library. Digital or print distribution generates a fast and easy way for educators to provide an engaging educational experience, with lower prices and up-to-the-minute materials for students. More information and free registration for faculty is available at www.academicpub.com. Headquartered in New York since 2004, SharedBook Inc. is privately held and can be found at www.sharedbook.com.
James A. Boyle
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