|09-01-2009, 06:19 PM||#1|
Sir Penguin of Edinburgh
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: DC Metro area
Device: Shake a stick plus 1
California digital textbooks - update
In a press release dated 11 August:
You can find the digital textbooks here (as well as a report specifying exactly how well they did).
Curiously enough, I can't see that a second step has been planned. I really wonder where they are going to go from here.
|09-01-2009, 07:52 PM||#2|
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: New Zealand
Device: prs-t1, prs-650 to sell
90 megabytes for one textbook!
Sounds like scanned material to me...
|09-02-2009, 03:07 AM||#4|
Join Date: Jul 2008
The source material seems more than a little fragmented, lots of different sites, many proper PDFs, some scanned image PDFs (only one or two, many PDFs are that large because they are very rich in images), some are broken up into awkward chapters with awkward names, and so on.
Still, a good initiative.
|09-02-2009, 04:06 AM||#5|
Join Date: Aug 2009
what the hell is this
|09-02-2009, 07:12 AM||#6|
Join Date: Feb 2008
Device: Sony PRS-600, Fujitsu Stylistic ST-4121
At least one of them (the CK-12 calculus textbook available at http://cafreetextbooks.ck12.org/math/CK12_Calculus.pdf ) uses bitmap graphics for all mathematics --- not even bothering to line things up on the baseline and using a mix of Computer Modern (in w/ text) and Times / Symbol (for labelling figures).
Absolutely wretched and along the lines of one of my worst experiences w/ a boss attempting to outsource composition work.
Sometimes ``free'' is too expensive.
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