There has been some interesting developments over the past few years in e-books and e-publishing. For example, there is an experiment being run in Australia, by the Australian copyright organisation, www.copyright.org.au where you can choose what section or parts from a textbook you want and for a fee you can view it online, or they will print on demand and mail it to you within 48hours. Apparently, they will also bind it on request. This appears to be the ideal solution to photocopying coursework packs.
Amazon provides a service that allows authors, who have had copyright of their books returned to them on their out of print books, to reproduce their books on a print on demand basis. For more information see: www.booksurge.com/amzn/business
Whereas, www.lulu.com allows you to self-publish your books on a print on demand basis.
And www.klickbooks.com provides animated online e-books for children that can be used in the classroom.
ALCS figures claim the average age of a book being photocopied is 8 years. Whereas, the average age of an educational text before it goes out of print are three-and-a-half years. These figures suggest the books are probably being photocopied because they are out of print. It makes you think, doesn't it?
My friend Lisa introduced me to www.helium.com where you can add your own comments about news items, topics of interest, or submit your own articles similiar to writing a blog post and commenting on it. But at Helium your writing is rated and you are able to earn a portion of revenue the site makes depending on how high you rank. It sounds an interesting concept but I have not tried it yet. I think you may have to write a hell of a lot before you actually start earning anything. Although, it is probably all good exposure.
The book reviews I've written for www.writeaway.org.uk are also another form of e-publishing, as is writing this blog. If you know of any others please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.