Nebraska Authors

Rod Scher

Born 1952 Chicago, IL (USA)

After an early career in education, Scher was a pioneer in creating interactive digital study guides as a software writer and partner at StudyWare. He came to Lincoln in the early 1990s when StudyWare was acquired by Cliffs Notes. After Cliffs Notes closed its software group, he moved to Texas as an editor with Harcourt Brace Jovanovich publishers. He soon returned to Lincoln to work at and then moved to Sandhills Publishing, where he had freelanced, as publication editor for Smart Computing magazine. He is known as an editor of nautical history books, and he continues freelance writing on digital technology. His 2016 book, Leveling the Playing Field: The Democratization of Technology is a study of how the new tools technology creates trickle down to the masses and how that can transform our social and cultural world. The book has been widely praised by other technology writers.


Places Lived

Chicago, IL
Eugene, OR
Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Travel; History; Technology


Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Secondary Education, California State University at Northridge
Masters Degree in Education, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR


Freelance Writer and Editor
Former Publication Editor, Smart Computing magazine, Sandhills Publishing
Cybersecurity Analyst, Sandhills Publishing

Places Worked

Sandhills Publishing
Smart Computing magazine
Cliffs Notes


The Annotated Sailing Alone Around the World. 2009. by Joshua Slocum (Editor)
The Annotated Two Years Before the Mast. 2013. (Editor)
Leveling the Playing Field: The Democratization of Technology. 2016.

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