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Old 09-29-2012, 02:53 PM   #1
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Library of open source college textbooks created

Teleread recently published a blog post about the creation of an Open Source library of lower division college textbooks.

California is the leader again, innovating a means for college students to hold down some college costs. Important to note that due to the nature of the licensing the textbooks will be available for anyone to use. A provision is put on these licenses so that print versions of the books must be available for no more than $20.

http://www.teleread.com/

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2...rce-textbooks/

https://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/34288
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Old 09-29-2012, 03:52 PM   #2
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I am a real fan of the idea. If these open textbooks can be developed collaboratively from professors/teachers all over the world and if they see widespread adoption, it could really lower the cost of education for many people.

And what a boon for countries who are struggling to improve their educational system.
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I am a real fan of the idea. If these open textbooks can be developed collaboratively from professors/teachers all over the world and if they see widespread adoption, it could really lower the cost of education for many people.

And what a boon for countries who are struggling to improve their educational system.
Agreed. This is really something I'm a fan of.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:10 AM   #5
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I'm surprised the lobbyists for Big Publishing let it go this far.
There's a big chunk of their revenue coming from those over-priced textbooks.
On the other hand, it very neatly solves their "used textbook problem".
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:53 AM   #6
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It's interesting but I do wonder how much influence the state is going to have over the content, perhaps none, perhaps some.

Now if they would just make tuition free again...
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:59 AM   #7
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Wow this is awesome! I'm exploring the site already
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:29 AM   #8
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The state *always* has influence over textbooks.
Being a 50-50 public/private partnership should limit skew a bit.
Although one would expect the Sociology and PoliSci texts to be the best candidates for meddling. But since they're Open Textbooks they'll be readily modifiable to suit the professor so most of the medding (and ensuing controversy) will be at the grass roots not top-down.
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:53 PM   #9
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This is wonderful news! Even used textbooks are ridiculously priced.

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Old 09-30-2012, 05:28 PM   #10
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It's interesting but I do wonder how much influence the state is going to have over the content, perhaps none, perhaps some.

Now if they would just make tuition free again...
The States already have a tremendous influence.
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Teleread recently published a blog post about the creation of an Open Source library of lower division college textbooks.

California is the leader again, innovating a means for college students to hold down some college costs. Important to note that due to the nature of the licensing the textbooks will be available for anyone to use. A provision is put on these licenses so that print versions of the books must be available for no more than $20.

http://www.teleread.com/

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2...rce-textbooks/

https://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/34288
Great idea. It should apply to grades K through 12 as well.
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The States already have a tremendous influence.
Yes, with a more decentralized open textbook, they should have less right?
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My problem with this is that the financially distressed state of California, or at least its financially distressed higher education system, is going to put out bids for many of these textbooks. Someone then has to pay for them, and it probably will be, through still higher tuition, the students.

Under the current system, if a student can't afford textbooks, I believe he or she can read them in the library. Under this new system, it sounds like students will be forced to, albeit indirectly, buy -- or borrow money for -- the books.
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Great idea. It should apply to grades K through 12 as well.
Schwarzenegger proposed this back in 2009. It's good to see Brown actually sign this one, however. Everything I studied in the first two years of University was at least 100 years old.

http://arstechnica.com/information-t...ok-initiative/

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I'm surprised the lobbyists for Big Publishing let it go this far.
There's a big chunk of their revenue coming from those over-priced textbooks.
On the other hand, it very neatly solves their "used textbook problem".
My kid's booklist was not released until the semester started which greatly hindered our ability to locate used/discounted texts. Some specified new revisions which prevented reuse of texts. One class required a special edition of a text which actually was a subset of the standard text plus some custom eye candy. This was such a blatent ripoff that the professor told the kids to buy the standard edition. Big Education is a Big Ripoff.
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