Rice U. Acquires Rights to Popular Textbook to Offer It Free Online

Jeffrey R. Young, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Aug 14, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is interesting on a couple of levels. The first is the obvious precedent that it sets, since the textbook liberated from the publisher is now available, under a Creative Commons license, not only to Rice students, but to all readers. It would be interesting to know what the cost was for the rights (and how long it will take for people to create a wiki version). Second, the book was posted by Rice through its Connexions open content authoring tool, which represents a new use for this now familiar standby.
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