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Michael Feldstein on Textbook Publishers and OERs | e-Literate

June 12, 2011

Via Scoop.itOpen learning news
Recently The Chronicle reported ( on the responses from representatives of textbook publishers to the planned allocation of £2 billion of taxpayers’ money in the USA to Creative Commons-licensed OERs.

Michael Feldstein sums up what many of us might have thought at the time: “To my esteemed fellow textbook industry professionals, I reply: Dudes. Seriously?”

With reference to the history of the open source software movement, he goes on to point out that the likelihood that the publishing industry is already engaging in the OER movement is strong, even though their sales executives may not yet have their scripts worked out yet.

Some interesting comments from readers at the bottom of the post, including some of the panelists whose views were quoted in The Chronicle.
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