Title

A Sustainable Future for Open Textbooks? THe Flat World Knowledge Story

Keywords

Open educational resources, open textbooks, electronic textbooks, Flat World Knowledge, open access, sustainability

Abstract

Many college students and their families are concerned about the high costs of textbooks. Ebooks have been proposed as one potential solution, open-source textbooks have also been explored. A company called Flat World Knowledge produces and gives away open-source textbooks in a way they believe to be financially sustainable. This article reports an initial study of the financial sustainability of the Flat World Knowledge open-source textbook model.

Original Publication Citation

John Hilton III and David Wiley. A sustainable future for open textbooks? The Flat World Knowledge story. First Monday. 15 (8). (2010).

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2010

Publisher

First Monday

Language

English

College

Religious Education

Department

Ancient Scripture

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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