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    Digitalising Textbooks

    I've got no idea where this shoud go, so posted here.

    We're going down the 1 to 1 route, and the Head feels that the tablets/netbooks we buy are an ideal replacement for textbooks. I'm trying to find out some more information about the legal ramifications of digitalising our textbooks.

    Has anyone else looked into this? As far as I can tell from several websites, the UK Copyright laws allow "Fair Use" for Educational use, but it looks like "format shifting" a whole textbook probably violates the copyright of the typography. None of our textbooks are older then 50 years (well i've not chatted to the latin teacher yet....) so I doubt there will be any books that are out of copyright.

    If anyone else has looked into it, has anyone had a successfull discussion with a publisher?

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    It would be less work and less legal wrangling to buy VLE resources

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    I've found two websites:

    Publishers List | Welcome to Publisher Lookup UK.

    Publishers

    Which I'm going to use to get in touch with some of the publishers, see what they'd be happy to do.

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    I was thinking the same earlier using kindles all their text books in one place.

    Ben

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    Our VI (Visually Impairment) unit at our LA are currently seeking electronic copies of most of the text books we use in school to enable students to view on laptops / larger fonts etc.

    Publishers such as Heinemann / Pearsons etc now appear to offer this service but I am not sure of the cost as the LA are bearing all costs.

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    If you speak to the Copyright Licensing Agency they should be able to help you www.cla.co.uk

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