Apple obviously thinks that teachers could benefit from more self-publishing tools – and they’re right. Educators like Dr. Tony Kemerly, professor of biomechanics at High Point University and Lulu author, often find themselves spending countless hours every semester stapling worksheets together for students – a common problem for the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s recorded 1.7 million post-secondary teachers in the country.
More and more though, better choices are becoming available that give these teachers and professors greater control over the learning experiences they share with their students. The tools now exist to empower educators to publish their own content for free and ensure their students are receiving the most up-to-date classroom materials at an affordable price they set. Teachers can publish a print book or eBook, offer supplementary materials, or make free revisions at anytime. They’re then able to sell their works through retailers like the iBookstore(SM), Amazon.com, and the NOOK(TM) Bookstore – not just through student bookstores. It is by removing the limitations that we’re better able to move knowledge from one generation to the next, so we can all benefit from these works.
Dr. Marianne Bradford, professor for the College of Management at North Carolina State University puts it best:
“Bookstore prices can be so high, and the textbooks used for my classes were so outdated,” says Dr. Bradford. “I needed content geared towards my students. Big publishers were interested, but did not seem to understand the market or the content. The flexibility and control over my work I found when self-publishing let me create materials that suited my personality and style.”
Dr. Bradford’s book, Modern ERP: Select, Implement & Use Today’s Advanced Business Systems, has gone on to rank in the top 100 of Lulu’s 1.1 million titles and is currently being translated for Korean audiences. “I feel confident about my decision to go with Lulu and plan on a long working relationship,” Bradford adds.
For more information on academic publishing opportunities, visit Lulu’s education portal at http://www.lulu.com/education. And sound off in the comments below on clever ways you’ve used self-publishing to teach others.