The New Open Source Textbook

A lit­tle rev­o­lu­tion is get­ting under­way. The state of Vir­ginia has pub­lished a new open source physics text­book under a Cre­ative Com­mons license. As detailed in this piece from ZDNet, this peer-reviewed text­book was pro­duced in less than six months by a team of authors, which includ­ed “active researchers, high school teach­ers, and col­lege pro­fes­sors, as well as some retirees.” And it was launched on CK-12’s tech­nol­o­gy plat­form. Here comes the new world of text­book pub­lish­ing. Quick to press, vet­ted, easy to revise, pro­duced at a low cost by pub­lish­ers, free for stu­dents. What’s not to like … except if you’re in the tra­di­tion­al text­book pub­lish­ing busi­ness?

As a quick aside, you can find anoth­er free physics text­book (in e‑book for­mat) at

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  • Treblyk Riddle says:

    Wow! We were just talk­ing a few weeks ago in my edu­ca­tion tech­nol­o­gy class about Open Source soft­ware and it’s appli­ca­tion towards a classroom/educational set­ting. We had dis­cussed lit­tle things that could be done, but hav­ing a whole text­book that has sev­er­al dif­fer­ent peo­ple merg­ing togeth­er to write it is beyond what I thought pos­si­ble for this stage in Open Source. I think that if more text­books and resources were pro­duced this way, it would great­ly improve many school sys­tems, espe­cial­ly the ones who are still using text­books from the eight­ies sim­ply because they cant afford new books, as well as col­lege stu­dents who go entire semes­ters with­out their class­es books because theyre so expen­sive. Very neat.

  • tshreve says:

    Wik­i­books, has text­books that have been cre­at­ed through col­lab­o­ra­tive effort. I believe there is a lot that can be done in this area that will help edu­ca­tion.

  • ijaz shahid says:

    I feel that this audio book can serve my B. Ed stu­dents a lot

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