2010/02/21: In a kind of Wikipedia of textbooks, Macmillan, one of the five largest publishers of trade books and textbooks, is introducing software called DynamicBooks, which will allow college instructors to edit digital editions of textbooks and customize them for their individual classes.
Students will be able to buy the e-books at dynamicbooks.com, in college bookstores and through CourseSmart, a joint venture among five textbook publishers that sells electronic textbooks. The DynamicBooks editions — which can be reached online or downloaded — can be read on laptops and the iPhone from Apple. The modifiable e-book editions will be much cheaper than traditional print textbooks.
CK-12 aims to revolutionize access to affordable, high-quality, and open educational materials for teachers around the world.
Unlike conventional economics textbooks, which set forth axiomatic principles that supposedly govern an entire field of economic life, the Core-Econ textbook is a big fan of empirical realities, behavioral evidence and economic history. This textbook does not treat economics as if the past were irrelevant or as if the Universal Truths of Neoliberal Economics make societal institutions marginal. The Economy sees economics in its rich, complicated historical context. For example, it boldly addresses the importance of property rights arrangements, bargaining power, and distributional fairness issues.
Now threatening to pressure biology textbook publishers.
Boundless, the free alternative to textbooks, releases its content under Creative Commons.
Textbook publishers charge rather breathtaking prices for their wares. They have a captive market, after all--if you want to do well in a course, it's hard not to buy the textbook. The people who choose the textbook rarely look at the price; indeed, I'm told that the textbook section of the catalogue often doesn't have prices. And textbooks are fairly labor intensive to produce, so the cost basis is pretty high.
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According to readers, though digital textbooks sound good in theory, not all students would have access to these materials from home as well as school. Also, many schools just don't have the funding, or infrastructure, needed to support these efforts.
The fact that textbooks are too expensive is something that has been documented pretty well here. For example we have the stories of students paying over $180 for an art history book that contains no images, and a student being sued for copyright...
In the same way that free open online courseware is threatening to disrupt traditional universities, open textbook initiatives such as OpenStax College from Rice University threaten to do the same to the
The head of Indiana University's e-texts program lays out how his institution plans to "disrupt" the traditional textbook publishing model with the help of publishers themselves.
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There's no doubt that Apple's new iBooks 2 initiative has the potential to vastly improve the K-12 learning experience by offering attractive digital textbooks with interactive features like videos, animations, definitions, flashcards, and quizzes. However, the proprietary nature of the software means that publishers, parents, and schools will be locked into Apple's ecosystem.
Flexbooks - a Non-Braindead way to produce textbooks I've just seen a post on Flexbooks, an initiative of CK-12 so headed over to have a look. I believe initiatives of this kind are extremely important. Because copyright makes the price of textbooks too high, copyright is a significant barrier to education. A poorly educated workforce