Open Source Textbooks Gaining Traction
from the very-cool dept
Earlier this year, we wrote about the very cool business model being used by “open source textbook” company Flat World Knowledge. Basically, you could read the books for free online, but there were also other ways to get the book in other formats where you would have to pay. The company seemed to be gaining traction lately, with a nice round of funding, and now it’s being reported that 40,000 students at over 400 colleges and universities will be using Flat World texts this fall. That sound you hear? It’s an old stodgy market getting disrupted.
Related to this, Slashdot points out that here in California, where the state was running a free digital textbook competition, the results showed that some of the open solutions won the competition and were considered better reference materials than the ones provided by big publishers. In fact, the e-texts from a small company called CK-12 seemed to do quite well — 3 of the 4 online texts that were deemed to meet 100% of the state’s standards all came from CK-12.