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Open Source Textbooks – New Paradigm is Beginning to Emerge [Infographic]

College students are more burdened by higher education costs than ever before. Tuition is at an all-time high and continues to skyrocket, making it more and more difficult to get a diploma without incurring serious debt. The incredibly unaffordable cost of textbooks just adds insult to injury. With textbook publishers holding a virtual monopoly in the market, students often have little choice in the matter.

[box type="info"]Did you know that the average student pays $900 per year for textbooks?[/box]

Luckily, a new paradigm is beginning to emerge: open textbooks. They are giving students the option of print or free digital copies. Costs drop precipitously.

Open Source Textbooks Infographic

Infographics Illustrate Completed Data through Graphics, it help us to see more clear and imagine the whole thing!

Open Source Textbooks Infographic

Open Source Textbooks Infographic

Source: OnlineSchools.org

The only problem is

[box type="important"]Textbook companies don’t want them on the market![/box]

OnlineSchools.org created this infographic that covers the movement to get more open textbooks on the market, share it if you like it!

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  • courtney stodden September 15, 2011, 3:55 pm

    Thanks for helping me save some time, I found alot of answers here.
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  • david August 6, 2011, 1:01 pm

    It’s always neat reading articles about textbooks. But I have to say that whenever I hear a statistic that gives an average amount spent per year on textbooks per student, I always wonder if they factor in what the students might get for the textbooks if they sell them. An example, by way of illustration only, would be a statistic that says such-and-such student paid $100 for textbooks. Well, how about at the end of the year when they might sell it back for x amount of dollars? Let’s say they sell it to their bookstore (or online textbook buyback or another student, whatever) for $30.00. So the book actually cost them $70.00. I’m not saying that’s what books cost, or the $30 is what they would get back — I mean fill in the figures/blank yourself, but isn’t there a money outlay, and then some money coming back? Sometimes they won’t be able to sell the textbooks (or maybe they just want to keep the book and not sell it), so there is probably another statistical percentage to factor in (e.g. x percent sell their books back, etc.). Any thoughts on this?

  • Karan May 26, 2011, 11:17 am

    Whoa!
    What a case study…
    Impressive!
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  • Sreejesh
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    May 18, 2011, 8:22 am

    Excellent infographics! Worth sharing with friends.
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  • Nasrul Hanis
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    May 17, 2011, 9:19 pm

    This will gonna save a lot!! Awesome!

  • Morgan Barnhart May 17, 2011, 8:07 am

    I LOVE the concept of open source text books. This will be such an extreme help to poor college students. Great post!
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  • John from Web Design Melbourne May 17, 2011, 7:53 am

    Hi Hesham,

    very nice post, i like the concept of open source book, I agree that open source books are affordable as compare to printed Text books.
    can you share some quality source for open source books
    Thanks for sharing information
    John

  • bodynsoil May 17, 2011, 4:46 am

    I think this is a great concept, I imagine it will take a little bit of time before it truly catches on but with all the ereaders and tablets available this is a better way to read a textbook. Having just gone back to school I have first hand knowledge of the expense of books. I think finding information and making notes would be so much easier with ebooks, plus think of how much easier it is on your back not carrying around all those heavy paper books.

  • jezza101 May 17, 2011, 3:56 am

    If open text books still need money to make them viable how can their model allow the books to be so much cheaper? Do the authors provide their time for free? If this is the case isn’t the worry that the an open source book won’t have the same quality as an open source text book?

    The level of these books requires them to be produced by properly qualified authors and they don’t always have a lot of free time to donate!

    It is true that these books can be expensive though, I remember wiping out a good chunk of my first year funds on an initial purchase of books. If it is a viable option then here’s hoping the free market will do its thing and we see them become more pervasive.
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  • Jane Cooper May 17, 2011, 2:38 am

    I love those kind of graphics where everything is explained so niec, thanks for sharing :d I already bought around 20 e-books : )

  • Jitendra Singh May 17, 2011, 1:38 am

    Interesting but didn’t get it completely, could you rephrase it again ? My question is how one can print text books for free using open source ??
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