Coming Out of Silent Mode

Flat World Knowledge, the start-up company I am involved with, is officially out in the open now. We were featured on NPR’s Marketplace this evening. Program audio is also available.

Flat World Knowledge is a company dedicated to open textbooks. The videos on the website tell the story really well. I look forward to your feedback on what we’re doing!

UPDATE: Also see the Professors Gone Paperless article at Inside Higher Ed, and 1,000 Professors Sign Statement for Affordable Textbooks at Make Textbooks Affordable.

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  • Mark Horner April 16, 2008, 12:48 am

    Hey David

    Truly wicked! I’ll be following along closely!


  • Jared Stein April 16, 2008, 7:22 am

    I’ve written my own “textbooks” for both the classes I teach since 2005, and this idea is powerfully intriguing. It also reminds me of a presentation by Jason Cole early last year on authoring open content like open software:

  • Jethro April 16, 2008, 8:05 am

    Sweet! Considering that I have spend almost $2000 on books in the last year, this would be wonderful.

  • Mark Surman April 18, 2008, 11:24 am

    Congrats! Amazing! The world needs this! My only bitterness is not having a title as cool as Chief Openness Officer (although my title is pretty groovy).

  • Jeremy Browne April 19, 2008, 7:07 am

    Intriguing. I just emailed Jeff with a few questions on how I could become involved. I’ve always wanted to produce something like David Williams’ online text on qualitative inquiry, but it wouldn’t count on the tenure track.

    Having a publisher willing to stand behind the project may solve that issue. Rather than stating in my dossier that I’m writing a free-online textbook, it would say I am writing a textbook for “Flat World Knowledge Publishing.

  • Marcos Salazar April 21, 2008, 7:59 am

    Congrats! I just watched all the videos and it looks like a great idea! Can’t wait until it officially gets off the ground!

  • Elena April 27, 2008, 9:12 am

    Congratulations from far far far away… Valencia (Spain). Excellent idea. I’ve already posted it to my blog. I wonder if this is only for the US market/students/teachers…I think it’d be a total blast here in Spain (or in South America) too. Is there any way to test it? CONGRATS, again.