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The Importance of Providing Personalized Service for Faculty

In recent years, people have returned in significant numbers to independent bookstores and travel agencies. It seems the DIY culture that looked to eliminate these businesses has worn many customers thin. Today’s customers are struggling with: (1) information deluge, (2) algorithm-based personalization, (3) getting help beyond the initial decision. At EdBooks we spend a good bit of time discussing these trends and issues, and are working to come up with solutions that are truly customized.
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The Importance of Providing Personalized Service for Faculty

In recent years, people have returned in significant numbers to independent bookstores and travel agencies. It seems the DIY culture that looked to eliminate these businesses has worn many customers thin. Today’s customers are struggling with: (1) information deluge, (2) algorithm-based personalization, (3) getting help beyond the initial decision. At EdBooks we spend a good bit of time discussing these trends and issues, and are working to come up with solutions that are truly customized.

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The Value of Content for 21st Century Educational Publishers

This is the second post in a series of articles that explores the characteristics that define next-generation educational publishers. In the first article, I identified five areas in which I believe these publishers differentiate themselves: (1) Content, (2) Abundance, (3) Transparency, (4) Sharing, (5) Distribution. This post focuses on the centrality and value of content for next-generation educational publishers.

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The Five Characteristics of 21st Century Educational Publishers

As we set out to build a new kind of publishing company at EdBooks, we contemplated what it means to be a 21st century educational publisher. Is it a focus on digital technologies? Is it related to new kinds of business models? What is the role of learning design? We talked about these and myriad other ideas, but as we worked through our initial product designs and business models, five key characteristics emerged — (1) Content, (2) Abundance, (3) Transparency, (4) Sharing, (5) Distribution.

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EdBooks Announces New Virtual Mediabooks for Higher Education

EdBooks LLC, an innovative 21st century publisher, today announced a new line of virtual mediabook products for the higher education market. These products are part of a unique, integrated curriculum framework created through a fusion of information science and learning design. The mediabooks can be used as textbook replacements or as complete frameworks for online and hybrid courses.

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The Value of Learning Environment Modeling (LEM)

At EdBooks, we believe that premium learning experiences are the result of four key elements: (1) exceptional instruction, (2) quality learning materials, (3) well-designed learning environments, (4) engaged students. These four elements guide our use of a unique process called Learning Environment Modeling (LEM), to design product frameworks that support the teaching preferences and specific course contexts of each instructor.

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Information Science and the Future of Educational Publishing

The print paradigm has shaped the educational publishing industry in many ways and, in particular, has introduced a number of constraints related to content development, management, and reuse in the digital age. As a new educational publisher, disconnected from any print legacy, EdBooks is using information science to create a content framework focused on flexibility and customization.

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