Creating a custom textbook is nothing new; major textbook publishers have offered concierge services for decades, allowing professors to handpick and remix content into a more tailored text for their students. For some, however, this option still fails to meet their course’s needs. What if you could create a single resource that was consistent with your course’s structure, level, tone, and organization? And what if you could do this while controlling textbook costs for students and creating a source of revenue for you or your institution?
Today, there are myriad options, including OER and various tools and services for digital publishing, self-publishing, and print-on-demand. It is easier than ever for professors to author their own content, but no less overwhelming!
In her 2023 TAA Conference session, Rebecca Paynter, Associate Director of Editorial for The University of Arizona Global Campus, will discuss the evolving landscape of custom textbook publishing and most importantly, the questions you should ask yourselves before and during the creation of a custom textbook.