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A Student Public Interest Research Groups (PIRG) textbook price inquiry in 2016 found the following: 30% of schoolchildren had to rely on funding to buy schoolbooks. Now a second shifting of the medium - to free accessible and economical contents - begins to disturb the school book enterprises.
Pearson is facing a "long-term downturn " due to a weakening economy, declining collegiate registrations and the growth of electronic media, the Financial Times states. Pearson's latest turnover prognosis has dropped by 7 per cent. Meanwhile, Wileys stress textbook sales are down by 31 per cent versus last year and their higher literacy revenues shrunk 14 per cent last quarter to $73. 8 million.
Wiley Online Library and Pearson's CourseConnect are trying to respond to the switch to digitally printed media, but this type of product does not cover the decline in revenues due to declining printed advertising revenues - a similar scenario to journalistic use. The market place is a simpler barrier to access, and conventional textbook companies find it more difficult to competing with free or low-cost premium textbook features.
According to PIRG, a widely used introduction of this type of open textbook could cut student costs by up to $1 billion a year. OpenStax, which has been offering peer-reviewed university material since 2012, is a partner of 11 higher educational institutions, among them the University of Arizona as a course supplier. See how much your pupils can afford to spend by having text books printed.
Clearly, an inter-national fight is underway. The University of Arkansas in the USA offers scholarships of $3,000 and $7,500 to members of the faculties who integrate Open Campus material into their course. Western Sydney University will offer free of charge online text books to undergraduates as of 2017.
5% earnings in 2015 [pdf] to modify the company's operating mode. In order to avoid this, the University of Göttingen proposes that scientists use inter-library loan if they need a copy of a journal: an concept that comes very closely to the current lending of expensive schoolbooks. So, if the same tactic is used by faculty and student, a revolutionary is imminent.
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