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Open source textbook publisher projects $1M in savings OpenStax has been well received on college campuses as textbook prices remain stubbornly high By Dennis Carter, Assistant EditorRead more by Denny Carter August 14th, 2012 Educators at 55 colleges will use OpenStax books this fall. College students in some of the most heavily attended courses in the country will eclipse $1 million in textbook savings after a Rice University-based publisher had 13,000 open-source books downloaded since June. OpenStax College, a start-up online textbook publisher launched early this year, announced Aug. 14 that its first two book titles, College Physics and Introduction to Sociology, have sold more than 13,000 free copies – enough to save students $1 million during the upcoming fall semester. Baraniuk’s goal is to save college students $95 million over the next five years. Open-textbook activists said skeptics of low-cost and free textbooks shouldn’t scoff at OpenStax’s modest adoption rate. “A bad book is still a bad book, even if it’s free,” Harris said.
Research - Articles - Journals | Research better, faster at HighBeam Research KSU Professor Developing ‘Flexbooks,’ The Textbook Of The Future There’s a new term you should add to your vocabulary. It’s ‘flexbooks’ and a Kansas State University assistant professor is hoping they change the way you teach. Click here to view an actual flexbook used at Kansas State University. E-textbooks are nothing new, neither are digital publications that you can actually update. Places like Academic Pub , Kno , and CourseSmart (amongst many others) all offer options but the term flexbooks is completely new. I kinda like it. Assistant Professor Brian Lindshield says the flexbooks are designed to be read online and easy to update. Best of all, Professor Lindshield’s flexbook is free to students and is currently being used at a human nutrition course at Merrimack College in Massachusetts. What was the impetus for flexbooks?
1896: The People's Party The Rise of Populism The People's Party (or Populist Party, as it was widely known) was much younger than the Democratic and Republican Parties, which had been founded before the Civil War. Agricultural areas in the West and South had been hit by economic depression years before industrial areas. In the 1880s, as drought hit the wheat-growing areas of the Great Plains and prices for Southern cotton sunk to new lows, many tenant farmers fell into deep debt. In 1890 Populists won control of the Kansas state legislature, and Kansan William Peffer became the party's first U.S. By 1896 the Populist organization was in even more turmoil than that of Democrats. The second faction, called "mid-roaders," suspected (with good reason) that Democratic leaders wanted to destroy the third-party threat; fusion, they argued, would play into this plot. Inside the People's Party, mid-roaders sought to schedule the national convention before those of the Republicans and Democrats. Mr. Populists at St.
Sick of paying for textbooks? Get them now, free and online In the same way that free open online courseware is threatening to disrupt traditional universities, open textbook initiatives such as OpenStax College from Rice University threaten to do the same to the traditional textbook market. OpenStax College has taken five of the most popular topics taught in American universities and produced high quality peer-reviewed textbooks that are available for anyone to download for free. OpenStax College aims to try and save students at least $90 million over five years by capturing 10% of the US textbook market. Authors of textbooks in Flat World Knowledge receive a royalty on sales of printed versions of their textbooks, whereas authors contributing towards Rice University’s venture are volunteering their efforts. Bookboon funds open access through the inclusion of advertising in the books. The move to electronic textbooks is something that students have adopted with gusto. Spending time searching for a free textbook is probably not a priority.
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