flat world: free textbooks

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports this morning that Flat World Knowledge will, beginning next year, “offer online, peer-reviewed, interactive, user-editable textbooks, free of charge.” Read the article by clicking here. Great news for students, whose textbook costs are inching up toward the $1000-mark, according to the article. Of course, this is an opportunity to truly integrate audio and video into textbooks (rather than simply including a CD with a traditional textbook). What’s the difference between this offering and previous digital or free digital textbooks? Flat World is a digital publisher, whereas others represent small sections of traditional publishers. Can Flat World survive by offering free digital textbooks? Stay tuned … .

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