NEW YORK, July 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AcademicPubTM, the world's largest provider of copyright-cleared content for digital and printed materials in higher education, today launched a line of 12 "Intro Books" to meet instructors' needs when teaching core 101-level college courses. This new series will provide customizable course packets for some of the most popular introductory subjects. Intended to meet an important need in the teaching environment for intro seminars, the first dozen "Intro Books" were carefully researched, developed and compiled by AcademicPub curricula experts, using Open Educational Resources and commercial copyright-cleared material in the AcademicPub Content LibraryTM.
Caroline Vanderlip, CEO, SharedBook Inc. said: "It is well known that faculty members are frustrated with the high-cost, generic, and often outdated content available in traditional, hard-cover textbooks. We now offer a quick and easy way to curate content in the introductory subject area. These course pack solutions provide far better, more cost-effective introductory books than those currently on the market. By creating these books, we are providing top-quality, affordable products to educators and their students that are timely, flexible and engaging."
The 12 "Intro Books" now available through Academic Pub as digital downloads or soft cover print versions are: College Success Skills, Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts; Introduction to Psychology; English 101: Introduction to College Writing; Lifetime Fitness and Wellness; Introduction to Marketing; Introduction to Physical Geography; Principles of Public Speaking; Introduction to Sociology; Beginning Spanish I; and Introduction to Speech.
AcademicPub recently signed 14 more academic publishers for inclusion in its vast content library, bringing the total of partner publishers and imprints to 254. The 14 new publishers and imprints are: Amsterdam University Press, Cambridge International Science, Elsevier Health, Hackett Publishing, IT Governance, Leuven University Press, Routledge Journals, Texas A&M University Press, The University of Alabama Press, University of Georgia Press, University of Minnesota Press, University of North Texas Press, Wolters Kluwer (Lippincott) Health Books, and Wolters Kluwer (Lippincott) Journals.
With more than 250 publishers now making available more than 8 million units of material in the AcademicPub Content Library, Vanderlip underscored the importance to instructors. "In the end, we share a simple mission with the faculty members and institutions we serve: supporting student success with the highest quality content at the lowest possible price."
AcademicPub is SharedBook Inc's technology platform for higher education. AcademicPub allows for immediate creation and inclusion of copyright-cleared content from anywhere, such as web articles, third-party content, self-generated lectures or from the 8 million-plus units of cleared material provided by the 250+ publishers and imprints in the AcademicPub Content Library. More information and free registration for faculty is available at www.academicpub.com. SharedBook was recently named to the 2013 list of "Cool Vendors" in Education by Gartner, Inc. Headquartered in New York since 2004, SharedBook Inc. is privately held and can be found at www.sharedbook.com.
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