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open access textbooks?
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- Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2008 19:24:29 EST
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An important argument in favor of Open Access is the observation that authors of journal articles seek no pecuniary reward and are indeed interested mainly in seeing broadest possible dissemination, use, and impact of their work, and the movement capitalizes well on that basic motivation. In at least one publishing domain, however, academics are indeed interested in the money: textbooks. On all sides, students complain about the high prices of textbooks, but they keep going up. Does anyone know of Open Access initiatives designed to bring high quality current science textbooks to students in universities in the developing world? Movement in that direction could have very positive impact on millions of students in emerging societies. Jim O'Donnell Georgetown U.
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