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Textbook Pioneer Flat World Knowledge To Revoke Free Access To Texts

November 8, 2012

According to textbook pioneer Flat World Knowledge has had to revoke free access to its’ textbooks.

Set up  in 2007, Flat World  Information  was one of the early front-runners in the move to bring free and open access to textbooks to scholars and teachers.  The independent publisher offered its learning content freely giving scholars the access to texts in print, e-book form, eReaders, audiobooks and downloadable PDFs, for example.  Produced by precise writers and reviewed by peers, Flat World permits teachers to change and edit those texts to fit their particular class thru its own straightforward modifying tools, printing new copies on-demand.  With customisable, free texts on-demand, Flat World’s model won over many scholars, leading the company to claim that it had turned into one of the biggest online publishers of free and open textbooks.

Be that as it may, while many ( apart from the massive academic publishers ) support the movement to make textbooks and instructional content seriously more cost-effective and even free finding workable business models that support free and open access has proved challenging.  This week, Campus  Market  let slip that Flat World  Information  has been compelled to drop its access to textbooks. The choice was made mostly thanks to the price of supporting access.

Put simply it had been a business call that many have or will face as an element of the shift to open learning.

I thought Flat World had a good chance of changing the textbook model, probably one of the best chances of the new open source textbook companies with its strong backing and support. They will still offer bookstore partners to its so-called “All Access Pass” that includes a digital version of its textbooks, such as eBook files, PDFs, audio, HTML functionality and study aids for $28 and will sell the pass on its homepage for $35. Textbooks themselves will start at $19.95. This still is a huge decrease from the hundreds of dollars student ar use to paying.

For more see the TechCrunch Article


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