Let Book Workshop help you control the cost of curriculum materials.
Book Workshop helps professors provide reasonably priced textbooks in two ways. First, we can help publish original material on a limited basis with our state-of-the-art digital printing methods. There are no up-front graphic design charges for classroom materials, and we can make books available for sale through the existing campus bookstore, traditional retail bookstores, online purchase through Amazon and Barnes & Noble, or any website of your choosing.
Second, we can produce copyright cleared course readers and anthologies. These anthologies are often less expensive than assigning multiple books on a topic.
UCI Civil Engineering Chair Masanobu Shinozuka recently published 30 copies of an original work. His book is 310 page, 8.5”x11”, with laminated covers for $16.11 per book. Book Workshop offered free consultation and a three working day turn around on his project.
Book Workshop has specialized in custom curriculum materials since 2000. We look forward to serving you.
The economic downturn is taking a toll on textbook publishers. McGraw Hill recently announced that 200 employees in their educational publishing division would be laid off, and this was paired with Moody’s credit rating service downgrading Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's substantial debt. HMH's parent company, Education Media & Publishing, "was named as one of the European companies at highest risk of default by Standard & Poor's," the rival ratings agency. The standard bearers in the textbook publishing marketplace will face tremendous difficulties in the foreseeable future.
Additionally, university presses at Cambridge and Oxford announced another 210 lay-offs. And, the oldest book printer in the United States, Courier Corporation, announced that they are closing their short-run printing plant in New Jersey and cutting 70 jobs.
Textbook costs have risen at twice the rate of inflation according to an August 20, 2008 Washington Post article. The same report stated that textbooks costs in California have risen 30% in the last four years.
Do you think the struggling textbook publishers will cut textbook costs when they are already in financial trouble? Or, do you think they will continue their custom textbook programs when they are cutting the staff required to successfully operate a very high touch publishing model? The answer is no. Textbook publishers are re-evaluating their core business strengths and weaknesses. It appears that publishers are retreating to their traditional core business models—customization is out, while long runs and high prices will prevail.
Curriculum material publishing is fast and easy with Book Workshop.
Let Book Workshop handle your professor publishing work and all of our specialty services are free to the professor. We will pass reasonable costs for design and copyright services on to your students. Professors often find that our direct-to-the-student services substantially reduce the cost of class materials.
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Book Workshop, Inc.2271 W. Malvern Ave. Suite 506Fullerton, California 92833(714) 525-0882