Evolving Thoughts

Anyone who has had to order textbooks for students knows how expensive they are. Here’s something that I hope may end up a trend amongst academics: Creative Commons licensed texts. P.D. Magnus wrote a logic textbook, forall x, which he made available under the CC license; and now David Morris of the University of Lethbridge has used it as the basis on which to write an abstract mathematics textbook, Proofs and Concepts. With luck, this is a new dynamic of the new media, that will benefit education even if it takes away some revenue from academic publishers. For work that is fully created (rather than using existing material) it looks to be a good way to get material out there. If demand-publishing sites become more widely available, you can even get a hard copy version done nicely.

Comments

  1. #1 Tsu Dho Nimh
    May 20, 2009

    If demand-publishing sites become more widely available, you can even get a hard copy version done nicely.

    You mean like LuLu.com?

  2. #2 Luna_the_cat
    May 20, 2009

    Oh, CC textbooks!!! Ye gods and little fishes, yes! What a FANTASTIC idea!

  3. #3 DuWayne
    May 21, 2009

    Hell, I’d settle for more online texts or e-texts. My intro psych book was $60 online, as apposed to more than $200 new or $160 used.

    But I really do like the idea of CC text books…