Cengage says authors cannot opt out of Cengage Unlimited

textbook opt outIn a recent post on the Cengage blog, Erin Joyner, the company’s senior vice president of product, said that authors cannot opt out of Cengage Unlimited. However, industry experts say Cengage cannot make this sweeping statement.

“The large majority of publishing agreements do not contemplate the Cengage Unlimited model of distribution,” said David Slarskey, a litigator with Slarskey LLC. “Refusing author demands to opt-out tends to undermine the terms of the contract.”
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The most useful textbook & academic posts of the week: April 13, 2018

"If writing is your passion, write and don’t let anyone else convince you otherwise. You don’t need to quit your day job to do it. Create a realistic schedule and stick with it." ~Bindu AdaiThis week we begin with tips for academic book authors, insight into publishing an open access book, discussions on indexes, and the humbling experience of reviewing a copyeditor’s work on your manuscript. We then found insight into developing the narrative of a tenure dossier, social media concerns for academics and writers, issues of authorship abuse, the impact of article recommendation features, and the value of a master’s degree in Publishing. Finally, there were several industry news articles of note including a student’s perspective on Cengage’s efforts to promote Cengage Unlimited to professors, a win for publishers in a textbook counterfeiting suit, a new collaboration between VitalSource and McGraw-Hill, and changes in Top Hat’s OER Marketplace.

Bindu Adai said, “If writing is your passion, write and don’t let anyone else convince you otherwise. You don’t need to quit your day job to do it. Create a realistic schedule and stick with it.” As you head into a new week of writing, be encouraged by the other authors in and around TAA who share your passion for writing so that you may find greater success. [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic posts of the week: March 30, 2018

"The next best thing after finishing writing a chapter is starting a new one." ~Chris AlmeidaWe begin this week’s collection of textbook & academic posts from around the web with a royalty calculation update from Cengage as it relates to their Cengage Unlimited service. We then have several articles of interest to textbook authors and faculty considering OER textbook options. Finally, we found advice for academic writers on structuring papers, coping with peer review processes, and being scholar-activists.

Chris Almeida put it best when he said, “The next best thing after finishing writing a chapter is starting a new one.” As you write this week, we hope the end of March brings with it some finished work, and the start of April brings with it new beginnings in your writing. [Read more…]

The most useful textbook & academic posts of the week: December 8, 2017

"Writing is more than a gift. It is a struggle that blesses those who see it through to the end." ~Nona Mae KingThis week our collection of articles from around the web contains innovative practices and changes in the publishing industry, suggestions for Open Education, ways to repurpose your finished research into a journal article, academic friendships, social media impacts on author and publisher success, and actions to reduce predatory publishing practices.

As we come to the end of the first week of December, a month where many of our writing projects are faced with increased struggle as academic terms come to an end, remember the words of Nona Mae King, “Writing is more than a gift. It is a struggle that blesses those who see it through to the end.” [Read more…]

Cengage Learning emerges from bankruptcy

Cengage Learning logoCengage Learning announced April 1 that it has emerged from Chapter 11, having completed its financial restructuring.

“We have used the restructuring process to significantly reduce debt and associated costs, and substantially improve our capital structure,” said Chief Executive Officer Michael Hansen.

The company has eliminated more than $4 billion in funded debt and secured $1.75 billion in exit financing. As part of its financial restructuring, the company said that it has forged new technology partnerships, revamped its product development and delivery model, and realigned its sales and marketing approach to reach faculty and students, putting them first in the development of educational materials. [Read more…]

Textbook authors on Cengage bankruptcy

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A few weeks ago, TAA member and Cengage author Jay Devore posted a message on TAA’s Textbook Authoring E-List regarding Cengage’s bankruptcy. His post has solicited many thoughtful responses, a few of which I have included below. Please share your responses to Jay’s question and/or add to the discussion in the Comments section at the end of this post.

To all TAA members who are Cengage authors:

Do we authors have any reason to oppose the recent bankruptcy settlement? I have not sought legal advice on this, but welcome feedback from anyone who has (or hasn’t but is better informed than I am). Note that the recent Cengage mailing gave Feb 14 as the deadline for voting. This is incorrect; evidently there will be a new mailing with a future date as the deadline.

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