E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth Released as a Free eBook and Free Course on iTunes

Yesterday, E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth was released as a free iBook on iTunes. It features “state-of-the-art digital media animations, video, and interactive modules in a comprehensive 41-chapter text covering standards-based biology curriculum.” Created under the direction of Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Harvard naturalist Edward O.Wilson, Life on Earth can be downloaded in 7 units on iTunes. The free book also comes with a free iTunesU course. In addition to reading assignments, the course “incorporates activities such as field observations, writing assignments, project-based learning exercises,” using apps and other materials. Combining information from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, National Geographic, and the Encyclopedia of Life, the course covers a variety of important themes — citizen science, evolution, climate change, and protecting biodiversity. The first nine chapters of the iTunesU course are available now, and the remaining materials for the 41-chapter course will be released throughout 2014.

The book can be found in our collection, 600 Free eBooks for iPad, Kindle & Other Devices. And the course will be added to our list of Free Online Biology Courses, part of our larger collection: 1000 Free Online Courses from Top Universities.

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  1. John says . . . | July 8, 2014 / 10:36 am

    Please let us know when this is available in a platform that doesn’t involve Apple, Inc. products. Thanks.

  2. William Fernando Rincón Forero says . . . | July 10, 2014 / 9:29 am

    E.O. Wilson sos un ejemplo a seguir, sos mi inspiración y se que con tu sabituria lograremos grandes cosas en la biología, muchas gracias.

  3. Ly Dara says . . . | August 8, 2014 / 7:57 pm

    Really want to learn.

  4. Lee says . . . | September 9, 2014 / 2:05 am

    If you’re wanting a Linux version then fair enough. Otherwise I assume you want a Microsoft, Inc. “product”. In which case, I wouldn’t hold my breath. You may have noticed, from the pricing structures, Microsoft do not like free. Nor even cheap. Because their business model is milking every last drop out of customers who are already stuck with their appalling codebase.

  5. contulmmiv says . . . | September 9, 2014 / 9:37 am

    Hello – thanks for the good news, but the book is not to be found in the list which your link points to. A general search for it on your web site also returns nothing. I’d appreciate if you could point specifically to the right location or, otherwise, correct the post.nThis applies also to the course but, in that respect, you are using the future tense, so…nRegards.

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