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Wednesday, July 07, 2004
It's an open-source textbook!  
Now this is cool...Smart Mobs reports on the, an attempt to develop a textbook using the principles of open-source and freeware publishing.

The most interesting thing about this is that up till now, as far as I know, the move towards open-access publishing has been in the field of scholarly journals, e.g. Biomed Central. We'd been taught (as part of our class on Scholarly Publishing) that it was unlikely that monographs would be available via open-access publishing. Looks like the lecturer may have been wrong.

(So far, the textbook is about 50 pages long, mostly mathematics, which I'm not knowledgeable enough about to critique - but it looks like a great idea).