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Responding to Criticism, Publisher Reinstates Blocked Ebooks

After scrambling fall courses by withdrawing more than 1,380 ebooks, Wiley now says it will restore access to the course materials. Its short-term solution leaves many librarians unsatisfied.

Publisher Blocks Access to Ebooks, Scrambling Fall Courses

Wiley withdraws more than 1,300 titles from a large multidisciplinary ebook collection for libraries as fall classes begin, hindering students’ access to affordable learning materials.

Patterns of Prestige

Scott McLemee reviews W. David Marx’s Status and Culture: How Our Desire for Social Rank Creates Taste, Identity, Art, Fashion, and Constant Change.

Go Ahead, Assign ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’—in College

Harper Lee’s novel belongs on college-level syllabi for the very reasons it’s rightfully losing favor in secondary school curricula, Andrew Newman writes.

Why Some Professors Don’t Post PDFs by Marginalized Scholars

Altmetrics track how scholarly works are discussed, shared, read and reused online. Such real-time feedback may especially matter for underrepresented and early-career researchers, though the metrics have limitations.

‘Administratively Adrift’

Author discusses his new book on “institutional barriers for college student success.”

Who’ll Pay for Public Access to Federally Funded Research?

The White House painted an incomplete economic picture of its new policy for free, immediate access to research produced with federal grants. Will publishers adapt their business models to comply, or will scholars be on the hook?

Espionage! (Not)

Scott McLemee reviews Ralph Engelman and Carey Shenkman’s A Century of Repression: The Espionage Act and Freedom of the Press.