Today I read that Jimmy Wales and his colleagues at the Wikimedia Foundation have launched a new project called WikiBooks.
Their aim is to create a comprehensive curriculum of textbooks that are
free and freely distributable, based on an open-source development
Wikibooks is still in its early stages but I have
already found some excellent books under computer science and
languages. The project looks very promising!
for the project can be easily manipulated, read and edited, by anyone.
This can pose a major challenge to the publishing industry’s hold on
the world of textbooks. As Wales explains, Wikibooks authors whom he
calls “volunteers” are professionals from many fields, college and
graduate students and professors.
Further reading: c|net: Wikibooks takes on textbook industry