A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education featured University of Tennessee at Knoxville professor, Daniel Flint, because compiled “100 pages of material in one customized package for his students”.
According to the article, there’s a website that goes beyond what applications like Apple’s Pages does (one thing it can do is make/format ebooks).
Alex Campbell writes, “Mr. Flint, a professor of marketing at the university, used a new build-your-own-textbook service called AcademicPub, which arranged payment of royalties and compiled the material for publication. His students were given three options for buying the book: Download a digital edition for $14.95, get it in paperback for $27, or go for the hardcover for $45.”
What do you think about this (beyond just the great reduction in cost)? Would you prefer a text compiled by an instructor? Are there ethical issues if he or she gets paid a portion of the sales/royalties?