All I want for Christmas…

Dec 14, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

"All I want for Christmas," writes Scott Leslie, "…is for you to buy a single Flatworld Knowledge textbook, before December 31. And then share it with the rest of the world." Normally I do not post Christmas wishes, or holiday-specific posts of any kind, but here I'll make an exception. Why? Because, as Leslie says, "because of the technical restrictions FWK placed on the books (they are not at public URLs but behind logins; the content is not easily copyable unless you pay for it) after the gate comes down on December 31 and the licenses removed (because surely they will) unless copies of them are made outside of these walls, they will have effectively been removed from the Commons." I have liberated 'Introductory Chemistry' by David W. Ball and posted it on my website. If you want to help, pick a book from this sheet and note what you've accessed in the comments or on the wiki.

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