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Determining textbook cost, formats, and licensing with Google books API: a case study from an open textbook project

Costello, Eamon orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-2775-6006, Bolger, Richard, Soverino, Tiziana and Brown, Mark orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-7927-6717 (2019) Determining textbook cost, formats, and licensing with Google books API: a case study from an open textbook project. Information Technology and Libraries, 38 (1). pp. 91-99. ISSN 0730-9295

The rising cost of textbooks for students has been highlighted as a major concern in higher education, particularly in the US and Canada. Less has been reported, however, about the costs of textbooks outside of North America, including in Europe. We address this gap in the knowledge through a case study of one Irish higher education institution, focusing on the cost, accessibility, and licensing of textbooks. We report here on an investigation of textbook prices drawing from an official college course catalog containing several thousand books. We detail how we sought to determine metadata of these books including: the formats they are available in, whether they are in the public domain,and the retail prices. We explain how we used methods to automatically determine textbook costs using Google Books API and make our code and dataset publicly available.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Subjects:Social Sciences > Education
Social Sciences > Educational technology
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > NIDL (National Institute for Digital Learning)
Publisher:Library and Information Technology Association
Official URL:https://doi.org/10.6017/ital.v38i1.10738
Copyright Information:© 2019 The Authors
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:23107
Deposited On:27 Mar 2019 16:35 by Thomas Murtagh . Last Modified 16 Apr 2021 13:30

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