Has the Pedagogy of Textbooks Taken a Back Seat to Economics?

By Sidney Berger.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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Since the Middle Ages, professors have been writing— and students have been complaining about — textbooks. Where does this artifact stand in the digital world?

Keywords: Textbooks, Publishing, Computers and Textbooks, Economics of Publishing Industry

International Journal of the Book, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.25-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 780.971KB).

Dr Sidney Berger

Sidney Berger's Doctorate is in Medieval Literature and Bibliography, and he has a Master's in Library and Information Science. He is Professor of English and Communications at Simmons College. Longer Bio As a Professor of English, Bibliography, Communications, and Journalism for over thirty years, Professor Berger has required hundreds of textbooks. His amazement at the range in their quality, their challenge from the Internet, and their skyrocketing prices has prompted the present study. Dr Berger has taught many book-arts-related courses, including the History of the Book; Enumerative, Analytical, Historical, Descriptive, and Textual Bibliography; Medieval Codicology (The Medieval Book from Sheep to Shelf); Printing on a Handpress; Book Collecting; Rare Book Librarianship; Book Appraisal; and many others. He has lectured and published widely on many bibliographical topics, among which are library security, access to the Internet in public institutions, paper decoration, forgery, bibliographical instruction, bibliographical description, book collecting, bookselling, paper making and paper history, library operations, and publishing. He has been Curator of Printed Books and then Curator of Manuscripts at the American Antiquarian Society; Head of Special Collections at the University of California, Riverside; and Head of the California Center for the Book, a statewide literacy and reading program for children and adults. He is presently Professor of Communications and English at Simmons College in Boston.


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