Open Source Textbooks are interesting amalgamation of textbook, technology, and hippie-spirit.

The case for making anything Open Source¬†involves peer review, crowdsourcing effort and expertise, and reducing cost by cutting out–or reducing the role of–profit-seeking companies.

The infographic below lays out a case for textbooks that are created through an Open Source approach, finding that students spent over a thousand dollars a year on textbooks during the 2011-2012 school year, a crushing figure for the “broke student” that can be defused by an Open Source equivalent whose only cost may be printing–assuming you can find an institution or professor to use it.

The Open Textbook Challenge
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