|10-18-2009, 05:00 PM||#1|
Join Date: Sep 2008
Device: Kindle Paperwhite/iOS Kindle App
Interest in a free 'Norton Anthology' type of book?
I know someone has put together a freeware French textbook and released it under a Creative Commons license. I wonder if there would be interest in an English textbook. Texts from Gutnberg and elsewhere could be combined with backgrounder info from perhaps Wikipedia (since it is licensed for Creative Commons use) and people could just download the books for free for their own use or for use in courses or classes.
It would be a lot of work to put this together, free texts or not Would there be interest in such a thing? Would any of you download it?
|10-18-2009, 05:46 PM||#2|
Join Date: Mar 2009
Device: Kindle 4 No Touchie
I'm sure there would be some interest. Volume 1 of the NA English Lit is 3,000 pages long, and it would be great not to have to haul a book like that around.
However I have a bad feeling that without the "official" Norton label, its utility for students might be somewhat limited -- i.e. a student may have to get the paper book anyway, even though the etext would be a great supplement. It depends on how closely you can mimic the order and contents. Navigating a book like that could also be a bit tough, the TOC alone would be a beast.
Unfortunately I'm not sure how motivated Norton will be to release their own official version, since it's a pretty expensive book. I don't know if it's just a cash cow or genuinely expensive to produce, or how they would want to price the ebook. I expect readers might not be thrilled by spending $40 on an ebook they can't resell.
|10-18-2009, 06:30 PM||#3|
Join Date: Jan 2009
Device: iPod Touch
Also if you create a website for it, include details of that in the zip file (and links to mobileread hehe)!
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