Wikibooks to offer free eTexts for education
By Robert Brumfield, Assistant Editor, eSchool News
November 2, 2005
The Wikimedia Foundation--the group known best for the open-source,
freely licensed encyclopedia project Wikipedia, which invites users
to write, edit, and expand upon encyclopedia entries to create a
collaborative, free-to-use online information resource--has begun a
similar initiative for textbooks.
If the effort catches on, it could have a profound impact on the for-
profit textbook and online content markets for schools.
Wikibooks invites users to collaboratively write and edit freely
licensed, online K-20 textbooks and related nonfiction, such as
literary criticism, for all subjects. The project uses wiki web-
publishing software, which permits users to read, edit, and write the
eTextbooks themselves. Wikimedia describes the software as "a vast
simplification of the process of creating HTML pages, and thus a ...
very effective way to exchange information through a collaborative
effort." The intent is that online communities of experts and novices
will police the eTextbook content for readability, accuracy, and the
latest advances in the field.
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