The world doesn't need another $150 Algebra One book
April 24, 2012 10:34 AM Subscribe
The University of Minnesota recently announced
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that its College of Education and Human Development has created a searchable online catalog of "open textbooks"
that are reviewed by U of M faculty. The books must be Openly Licensed, complete (not a draft version of the text, or a collection of lecture notes), suitable for use outside of the author's institution, and available in print for a reasonable price, generally less than $40 USD.
This site differs from other collections of open textbooks
in that it is developed and supported by a well known and respected university. University of Minnesota faculty will be paid $500 to write a review of an open-source textbook
, the same amount they earn to adopt such a book in class.
* Boundless Learning
, an attempt at simulating required textbooks through various open texts, is being sued by 3 major publishers.
* The Open College Textbook Act of 2009
, which went nowhere.