Friday, May 6, 2011

An Open Source Textbook Revolution

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Flat World Knowledge for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Have you heard about a website designed for students to help them get textbooks without having to purchase them? If I'm not mistaken it is the largest publisher of free and open college textbooks for student worldwide.  The cool website is called Flat World Knowledge which aimed specifically at college students who will be able to access free open source text books online. There are also an option to purchase other copies of the books including audio books and a print version suitable for a person who doesn't love to read online. Yes, very cool. I know!

For your information the books offered at Flat World Knowledge are absolutely  “open source” textbooks and the textbooks are published under a Creative Commons open license, which mean faculty have a legal control to reuse, revise, remix and redistribute textbook materials for their own courses.  With the textbook customization system called MIYO(make It Your Own), instructors can easily move or delete chapters and sections; upload Word and PDF documents; edit sentences; add notes and exercises; insert video and hyperlinks from YouTube or other video website;  and incorporate other content that is free to reuse under a Creative Commons open license. How cool is that? Cool isn't it?

There is a catalog and any textbooks that you want to read can simply be added to your cart in a similar way to any online book store but the only difference is that you don’t have to pay because all the textbooks available for free online. The offline books cost around $35 for print, and $25 for other formats. It is far less than what you’d pay at your local bookstore! Students can also choose the format and price point best for them.

You must register for an account to gives you access to your purchased materials and study aids, and enables you take full advantage of all the benefits Flat World Knowledge has to offer. Registering for an account doesn't  take very long and it is absolutely free to use. Register today and join the textbook affordability movement. Flat World Knowledge has raised over $27mil over the last 2 years in venture capital from investors including Bessemer and BDMI.

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