Here's an editor's inside perspective on the declining quality of publisher textbooks: http://open.salon.com/blog/annie_keeghan/2012/02/17/afraid_of_your_childs_math_textbook_you_should_be
On the flipside, it's interesting to see publishers like Pearson now incorporating OER into their materials. It seems the tables are turning, and I hope this eventually improves broader faculty perceptions of quality around open educational resources.
Open Education Policy Associate, SBCTC
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