Wed, 09/01/2013 - 16:40
McGraw-Hill Education has unveiled its SmartBook, a new adaptive e-book programme that acts like a virtual teacher, adapting the reading experience to suit each students' ability and guiding them through the text.
The US company showed off the new product at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this week, with plans...
Fri, 14/12/2012 - 07:30
Blackwell's has said it is "delighted" with its 2012 financial results after slashing its losses by £3.5m and stepping closer to profitability.
Sales at the academic bookseller dipped 5.5% to £72.8m (£77m in 2011) in the 12 months to 30th June 2012, which beat the average market decline recorded by...
Fri, 14/12/2012 - 06:00
UK publishers are being outperformed by other countries in terms of the quality of their textbooks and must self-organise to make changes, according to Tim Oates, group director of assessment research and development for Cambridge Assessment and leader of the National Curriculum Review expert panel.
Giving the keynote...
Thu, 13/12/2012 - 09:00
There was a record fall in the number of people taking up places at university this year, according to figures released today by UCAS. Nearly 54,000 fewer people started courses in autumn this year, compared to 2011, an 11% fall.
The total number of applicants for places in 2012 dropped by 6.6% from the previous year to 653,000....
Fri, 07/12/2012 - 15:12
From stints in publishing, at Random House, and in the music industry, at EMI Recorded Music, Fionnuala Duggan has witnessed the shift to digital from many different viewpoints.
International m.d. at digital e-textbook platform CourseSmart as of May last year, her next job is to revolutionise the digital textbook and coursebook...
Fri, 07/12/2012 - 08:00
Hopes that the US will follow where the UK leads in terms of Open Access for publicly funded scholarship may be wide of the mark, conference delegates heard last week.
Speaking at an Academy of Social Sciences conference on the implementation of the Finch Report (29th-30th November), Dr Felice Levine, executive...
Mon, 03/12/2012 - 08:15
Pressure on higher education funding, the shift to digital, and changing retail patterns are all being cited as reasons for the year-on-year sales drop experienced by nearly of all the major academic publishers this autumn.
Nielsen BookScan Total Consumer Market (TCM) statistics for the eight weeks to 3rd November 2012, covering the...
Wed, 28/11/2012 - 09:57
UK publisher Routledge has apologised to political campaigner Peter Tatchell for misrepresentations and distortions in an essay it published on Iran.
Routledge published the inaccurate information an essay entitled 'Unbearable Witness: How Western activists (mis)recognise sexuality in Iran', which was published in the journal...
Tue, 27/11/2012 - 07:50
McGraw-Hill has confirmed an agreement to sell its education business to Apollo Global Management for a purchase price of $2.5bn.
The transaction is expected to be concluded in the next few weeks.
McGraw-Hill will then be renamed McGraw Hill Financial, and will act as a content and analytics company in the global capital and...
Thu, 22/11/2012 - 09:04
A 50% year-on-year increase in digital sales at Cambridge University Press contributed to a 3.8% overall sales increase (to £245m) for the year to end April 2012, the publisher has reported.
The Press achieved an operating surplus for the year of £3.4m.
Chief executive Peter Phillips said: "...