The Case for Creative Commons Textbooks

Fred M. Beshears, CETIS, Apr 07, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is a crime, isn't it? "University of California students now spend 40 percent more on textbooks than they did six years ago." This tells us what to expect from commercial publishers of educational content. This is, as the author argues, reason enough for an Open Textbook project, "the idea of establishing a global coalition... that would acquire and distribute high quality creative commons content that could be used in any of the following combinations: a) as the basis of an online course, b) as an electronic textbook, or c) as a customized printed textbook for use in a traditional college course."
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