About a week ago I posted a link to a free data mining textbook. Hacker News got wind of the book as well, and I am guessing a flood of traffic hit the textbook’s site. The flood happened to take the site completely down for a couple of days. It was a shame because the book is really good.
If you frequently read this blog, you will notice it has quite a number of links to free online textbooks. Each free online textbook is available a bit differently. Most are PDF downloads (either by chapter or the entire book) hosted at some person’s personal website or somewhere on a university’s website.
Here is my question. Does the web have a publishing platform for textbooks? Is there a startup working on something like this?
I am aware of wikibooks, but I just don’t hear much about the quality of the books. As a matter of fact, I just don’t hear much about wikibooks.
Check out Flatworld Knowledge
http://catalog.flatworldknowledge.com/ – link for anyone interested
I was unaware of Flatworld Knowledge, so thanks for sharing. They are close to what I was thinking, but Flatworld takes bound, completed textbooks and makes them available online. I was thinking more of a platform that allows an author to write the book online and share the progress as he/she goes along. Flatworld is definitely a big step in the right direction.
Lulu publishing http://www.lulu.com/publish/?cid=en_tab_publish
Flatworld knowledge is good. Few startups are doing this but we’ll see some huge changes soon. Apple has began its Publisher platform as well and its gaining followers, too.
Thanks for commenting. You mention some huge changes coming soon. Can you say any more about that?
Thanks. I have account there, but I thought it was mostly for sharing journal articles. I will take another look.