On Jan 27, 2012, at 8:19 AM, Jeremy C. Reed wrote:
> I propose the group advocates and works toward open source text books.
> These would be open content projects that result in free digital and
> (optionally) very low-cost print textbooks and course work. This would
> be a public endeavor using open collaborative methods. The text and its
> related artwork and formatting and tools to create and re-generate will
> be freely and publically accessible and redistributable.
> Some side goals could be to save money for schools and better allocate
> tax payers money, such as increasing school teacher's salaries, and
> maybe better learning experience due to further media capabilities.
> (Another minor goal is so kids, like mine, don't have to carry around
> 20+ pounds of textbooks :)
> Maybe some ideas at:
> (Hey David where is your document now?)
> I know we talked a little about it before around May 2002, but sadly
> nothing came out of it from me. But it is time to do this again because
> I recently listed to an interview about Steve Jobs and their textbook
> plans. ÂHere are some related links:
> 350,000 downloads in 3 days
> They may be "reinventing the textbook" but I don't think they are open
> source and may be, in fact, tied down to a proprietary platform.
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