Nothing quite takes the place of direct interaction with customers. I was reminded of this in July, when a group from Pearson Higher Education had the opportunity to attend the NFB’s annual convention. There, we demonstrated the latest versions of some of our online products – MyMathLab and MyITLab -- and enjoyed talking with, and learning from, the folks who attended the session. The following day, in conversation with Anne Taylor, I mentioned that we’re expanding our list of accessible HTML eBooks to disciplines beyond Mathematics and Statistics. Anne was thrilled to hear this and urged me to share some details with the community.
Anne is right to be excited. User feedback on our accessible HTML/MathML eBooks has been very positive since the first titles rolled out at the end of 2011. So, in 2012 we expanded the disciplines to include English and Student Success. Today we have more than 90 titles available in Mathematics and Statistics; 25-plus in English, with more in the works; and all core titles in Student Success. There’s even an accessible grammar and writing handbook! Current titles available in this format are listed at http://mymathlab.com/titles-available and http://www.mywritinglab.com/titles-available. What’s even more exciting is that beginning in 2014, every Pearson college math text will have an HTML eBook version.
Just this summer we added more than 80 titles in Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Accounting, Education, Communication, Criminal Justice, Health Sciences, IT, Business, Marketing, and many more. We worked hard to create HTML eBooks for many of our best-selling titles so that we can reach the maximum number of customers. As these HTML versions become live over the next few weeks we’ll find a way to share the list on www.pearsonhighered.com. We also have plans for 20-30 more titles by January! In the meantime, if you want more information about these titles, send a note to [email protected] with the subject line “HTML eBooks.” The HTML eBooks work with JAWS 12 and 13, and best with IE8.
Thanks again to Anne and NFB for letting me share this good news.