on demand textbook publishing [was Re: [FoRK] Sony's 2nd gen ebook reader site]

B.K. DeLong bkdelong
Sun Jan 8 14:54:24 PST 2006


At 06:13 PM 1/6/2006, Ken Meltsner wrote:
>Just as Linux is "considered" to be the big threat to Windows,
>projects like MIT"s OCW will be viewed as threats to traditional
>textbook publishing.  And the more desperate publishers become to
>protect their turf. the more professors will choose OCW-like texts
>instead of proprietary ones....

And it's not just MIT anymore:

http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Global/AboutOCW/otherocws.htm

As the movement builds, a consortium will most likely be formed and 
that consortium will begin educating professors on retaining their 
digital publishing rights. With any luck, the amount of CC-licensed 
textbooks will skyrocket.


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