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ERIC Number: EJ826193
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1527-6619
Some Thoughts on Free Textbooks
Stewart, Robert
EDUCAUSE Review, v44 n1 p24, 26 Jan-Feb 2009
The author publishes and freely distributes three online textbooks. "Introduction to Physical Oceanography" is available as a typeset book in Portable Document Format (PDF) or as web pages. "Our Ocean Planet: Oceanography in the 21st Century" and "Environmental Science in the 21st Century" are both available as web pages. All three books, which can be accessed from the Ocean World website (http://ocean, are widely used by professors and students throughout the world. The "Physical Oceanography" textbook has become especially popular and has been translated into Portuguese and Italian and partly into Russian. Thus, the author is frequently asked why he makes his textbooks available for free and why he avoided the traditional route to publication through commercial publishers, thereby giving up the royalties he could have earned from printed textbooks. In this article, the author explains his answers to this question. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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