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Affordable Learning Georgia to Provide Grants to USG Schools

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By , August 12, 2014 3:12 pm

Textbook Transformation Grants


Thirty grant awards to be made to support adoption and use of no-cost or low-cost learning materials in USG courses in Spring Semester 2015 in amounts of $10,800 each.

Apply by September 8, 2014.

Announcing the ALG Textbook Transformation Grants Request for Proposals,  for USG faculty who would like to replace their existing textbook or course pack with a no-or-low-cost-to-students alternative.  The deadline for application is September 8, 2014.  
The full details can be found at ALG Calls for Proposals.

This initial call covers thirty grant awards to be made to support adoption and use of no- or low-cost learning materials in USG courses in Spring semester 2015 in amounts of $10,800 each, in three categories: No-Cost-to-Students Learning Materials, OpenStax Textbooks, and Course Pack Pilots.

All USG institutions, libraries, and faculty are eligible and encouraged to submit proposals. A maximum of three per campus will be awarded in this round.


Please plan to attend one of the two upcoming information webinars, in which the application materials and process will be reviewed and any questions will be answered.


August 14, 2014 Meeting Information
Topic: ALG Textbook Transformation Grants
Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014
Time: 4:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Meeting Number: 647 381 815
Meeting Password: textbook
August 15, 2014 Meeting Information
Topic: ALG Textbook Transformation Grants
Date: Friday, August 15, 2014
Time: 11:00 am, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Meeting Number: 648 538 757
Meeting Password: textbook
To start or join the online meeting go to:

Please click here for official press release from the University Press of North Georgia

Need for Speed

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By , February 5, 2014 12:48 pm

The publishing industry, like all other capitalistic ones, is subject to the increasing demand for accessibility from the consumer. This translates into more information, faster. Thanks to technology more and more consumers can get what they want, now!

  1. Though there are still people who love the feel of a paperback in their hands, e-readers are encroaching on the territory of traditional books with the guarantees of speed, accessibility, and performance against which traditional books simply can’t compete. Writers, as a result, have discovered a way to personalize their digital copies.

    David Beckham takes his place as a pioneer of the “digital book signing.”

  2. Get in tune with your “dog-eat-dog” competitive side. Take the quiz to see where your reading and comprehension speeds stack up against the average 3rd grader, college student, and working adult. 
  3. Don’t have time to read a book?–Go see the movie! (Blasphemy!) The Fault in our Stars is definitely worth getting acquainted with before date-night. For Valentine’s Day ask for the novel; the movie debuts June 6 of this year.
  4. Writing a book may give you illusions of fame and success, but publishing is truly a marathon not a sprint. Deborah Plummer, author of both self-published and traditionally published works, offers candid and valuable insight into the realities of publishing today.

Link-N-Blogs: January 31, 2014

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By , January 31, 2014 12:15 pm

“Although only breath, words which I command are immortal.”–Sappho

  1. Blackboard Launching Online Bookstore: Blackboard, an online learning management system, now has plans to create a bookstore specifically for its platform.
  2. Two Poems By Sappho Discovered: “Parts of two previously unknown poems by the Greek lyric poet Sappho have been discovered on an ancient papyrus…” Read more about this discovery over at
  3. Loving Libraries: Gina Barreca writes about why she loves libraries for her blog on the Huffington Post website.
  4. The Book-Lover’s Guide to Covertly Reading During a Super Bowl Party: Football not your thing? Check out Quirk Books’ suggestions on how to get away with your bookwormishness.
  5. Literary Valentines: Valentine ’s Day is only two weeks away, and Buzzfeed has put together these author-inspired, animated valentines.

“Valentine’s Day is the poet’s holiday.”–Ted Kooser

Graphic Fidelity

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By , November 7, 2013 3:52 pm

Always read the numbers behind a graph because sometimes the best intentions can make for one skewed visual. Recently, when I was meandering through the publishing blogs, I came across an article by Charlene Brusso, arguing that women authors are underrepresented in Science Fiction–or, as people prone to brevity call it, SF–citing how women authors have consistently written fewer than fifteen of SF’s top 100 titles since 2004. It makes for some impressively depressing figures.

The numbers look dire for women authors. But how bad are they? To tell, I would need to know if women actually published that much SF. I didn’t find that information, but I did find this article from Strange Horizons. And I noticed something odd about the bottom line for Locus Books.

US Locus

Taken from Strange Horizons “The 2012 SF Count”

Huh. That’s odd: The overall numbers on the far left aren’t actually that bad, as men and women are only a few percent off (which would be a bad thing in light of Brusso’s numbers) but then again, maybe it’s not so bad, as women are easily the minority in the SF chart. But then why does the chart overall—all five bars—have noticeably more red than blue? In fact, just eyeballing the figures I come to the conclusion that chart as a whole is about 65% red, a fair bit off from the 55% figure the overall bar gives us when taken alone. Ah, we’ll come back to that. Moving on to the UK figures.

UK Locus

Taken from Strange Horizons “The 2012 SF Count”

Whoa! There is no doubt something’s going on here. The overall figures are notably uneven, but it’s still about a 35-65 split, but summing up all five bars again, less than 25% of the graph overall represents women. The overall visual impression the graph leaves you with is about 10% misleading.

So what’s going on here? The answer is in the numbers.  The overall bar for the UK represented 363 authors, while the Unknown bar represented only one. That one author commands over a fifth of the overall coloration of the graph, despite representing only one book of more than three hundred and fifty.  The same thing is true with the American graph, albeit to a lesser extent, as the Unknown bar there represents only nine books and authors. Meanwhile the (many) women who publish in the fantasy subgenre are, again, underrepresented in the graph because fantasy is the largest subgenre in both markets.

Is this malicious manipulation? Almost certainly not. Percentile comparisons are easily the best way to compare the representation, and subgenre is also a great way to classify that representation. It’s just when visually displayed like this the combination winds up exaggerating matters.

So what does this mean for sexism in publishing? I really can’t tell you. The original article I linked to is mostly about review and top sales slots specifically in SF, and when you draw a circle around SF on these graphs it becomes obvious women are under-represented there. On the other hand, as women have a commanding majority within American Fantasy, it could be that there’s just less interest by women in SF. I just don’t know. This is just a reminder to always be skeptical of information, especially if you’re inclined to agree with it.

Link-N-Blogs: Nov 4, 2013

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By , November 4, 2013 9:23 am

Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.”–Mark Twain

  1. New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2013: Check out this slideshow with sample artwork from some of the best children’s books from this year.
  2. China Has Established Their First Literary University: China takes another step forward and now has an online literary university. The university plans to provide free training to ten thousand people a year.
  3. Murder Has Always Been a Part of Children’s Books: An author from Ohio State University points out how the Hunger Games aren’t the only children’s books to have violence. He provides examples such as Harry Potter, Snow White, and Tarzan.
  4. Must Watch Mafia Movies: Literature often mirrors society. What we read in books and watch on TV tends to relate to our lives. Everyone has a fascination with Mafia movies, and they usually get some of the highest ratings of movies. This list won’t disappoint!
  5. New Novel By Ian McEwan Is Not Your Usual Thriller: Ian McEwan, a British writer who has won about every major British literary award, has written a new book called Sweet Tooth. Make sure to check out this new spy novel that will keep you on your toes throughout the book.

“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.”–Thomas Jefferson


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