What is the 3rd party platform?
We have entered into a licensing agreement with Chegg, an education technology company that provides digital and physical textbook rentals, online tutoring including assessment and personalized learning solutions for students, as well as other student services. You can find out more about Chegg here.
Will the title/ISBN of my book be visible with the exercises?
No, the ISBN of your book won’t be included with the exercises. The inclusion of a broad range of carefully curated homework problems on the Chegg platform from multiple sources clearly helps students to test and develop their understanding of key concepts, but the reformatting of the material means that it is not possible to provide individual copyright and attribution wording, referencing the author or Cambridge University Press, for each question reproduced. This reformatting is focused on enhancing the user experience and keeping the user interface, which is largely accessed on mobile devices, as clean as possible.
How will my copyright be protected?
The royalty payment of $500 is to remunerate you for the copyrighted use of the questions from your work by Chegg in the manner stated. If after we have addressed any and all remaining questions regarding the nature of this license, you decide you do not wish for the questions from your work to be used in this manner we can easily and immediately remove your work from the agreement.
How will my exercises be protected from online piracy?
Cambridge University Press and Chegg have a zero tolerance policy on the unauthorised distribution of its copyrighted material, otherwise known as piracy. We have many measures in place to tackle piracy quickly and effectively and we are continually improving the ways in which we protect the intellectual property rights that together form the foundation of our publishing. We will work closely with Chegg to ensure that material being made available illegally in any format is addressed immediately.
How will this impact sales of my book? How can you be sure of this?
Given that the nature of the service Chegg is looking to provide to students, in that it is cross publisher and disaggregated from the parent work, their intent is not to provide a substitute for a textbook or coursebook. Their student assessment and personalized solutions are intended to bolster student skills through creative use of technology, and as such it is unlikely to affect direct sales of your textbook or coursebook. While it is impossible to say with complete certainty that there isn’t a possible scenario where textbook sales might be indirectly impacted, any such theoretical scenario would be as likely to be positive as negative.
Will this make it more likely that people will try and access the solutions to my exercises through Cambridge University Press’s website? If so, how will you prevent this?
As the questions are not attributed, this is very unlikely. However, should we see increased traffic to your books catalogue page as a result, please be assured that we would expect this to drive demand for your book and therefore potential users and sales.
Does Chegg intend to create its own solutions to my exercises? Will users be able to post their own solutions to my exercises?
Chegg is in the process of updating their offerings and user interfaces to help support distance learning and student assessment especially during the current global health crisis. As a publicly traded company there is a limited amount of information which can be provided in advance of a new product/version launch. Cambridge University Press is only licensing Chegg the questions from this collection of works. The license or provision for the use of any solutions from your work has not been included in this deal, and no solutions will be provided directly to Chegg.
What will happen if the exercises in my book require information (text or figures) in the book itself or access to online materials such as programs or datasets?
CUP has only agreed to license Chegg the use of the questions from the parent work, they are not allowed to utilize any ancillary materials or data sets which may be referenced within the questions.
How has the $500 payment been calculated? How does the fee relate to the percentage of my book that is given over to exercises? Will all authors be receiving the same fee?
Given the number of variables at play, for example the age of the content, historic sales, how much of the work is comprised of questions, how many of the questions Chegg will use, which of the questions for which book will end up generating the most usage, it was decided that the fairest way to remunerate our authors was a flat royalty across all the titles. As we learn more about this type of new paradigm of content use, we may structure royalties around future agreements differently based on our experience with current agreements.
My book project also includes additional online exercises that do not feature in the actual book. Will these also be included?
No, additional online exercises are not included.
My co-author and I share royalty payments equally, but it was my co-author who created the exercises. Can all of the money be paid to him/her? What do we need to do to arrange this?
Yes, if that is the arrangement you have with your co-author, we would be happy to redirect payment in full to her/him. In order to arrange this, please contact our royalties team.
Will I be paid in US $ or GBP £?
Chegg is based in North America based company and we have agreed to work in USD for this deal, therefore all royalty payments are in USD.
When will I receive this royalty payment and in what currency?
You will receive this royalty payment in April 2021 in your chosen payment currency.
I do not wish my book to be included in this deal, can it be withdrawn?
Yes. If you would prefer your book to not be included please contact your editor who will be able to arrange this.
Will other publisher’s material also be included on this platform?
Yes. The Chegg platform is designed to provide students with cross-publisher content and so other publishers will also be licensing their content to Chegg in the same manner as us.
Why doesn’t Cambridge University Press create its own portal for this kind of offering?
We are looking to expand our offering by investing in the development of online learning solutions for students. However, given the diverse and rapidly evolving nature of the sector, as well as the array of technologies currently vying for validity in the space, we feel it is important that we also look to support students by partnering externally even as we chart our own product development course.