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Extra, extra — read all about it, textbooks given away free (well, cheaply)!

29 Sep 2008 | | One Comment

An up-and-coming company, Flat World Knowledge plans to go live in January 2009, offering an alternative way for students to purchase their textbooks (in mostly digital form). Online versions will be free, PDF versions will be cheap, and print on demand versions will be modestly priced. You’ll be able to view these on devices such as Amazon’s Kindle, Sony’s e-Book reader, and so on.

All of the electronic versions will be DRM-free, meaning that even though it is not legal to copy for friends, it is possible (and quite easily so). FWIW, Flat World has only 19 books available so far and is in the process of building a greater body of content.

Personally, it sounds to me that they’re on the right path — whilst fiction books will probably take a little longer to sell in droves in electronic form, I don’t think (well, hope) anyone reads textbooks for the “fun of it”. 

Consequently, not having to carry them, pay (much) for them – probably suits students just fine… Get the whole scoop at seattlepi.com

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  • Felix Lumba said:

    A small generator created using this idea just to show you what the possibilities are out there. Imagine electricity all over your neighborhood went out, but you have one of these generators at your house. you wouldn’t have to worry about the electricity going out! This runs off of magnets so after creating it you wouldn’t have to worry about paying electricity company ever again! You wouldn’t even have to worry about your power going out for a while, this generator will keep running for 5+ years, and is so low budget and simple to create.

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