Friday, January 21, 2011

‘Open’ Textbooks Provider Flat World Secures Bertelsmann Investment

paidContent: "Germany’s Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments is leading a $15 million investment in to New York-based Flat World Knowledge, which gives away college textbooks for free online but charges for printed versions ... The company has an 'open textbook' model that echoes the predominant split in news publishing—entire books online for free, but revenue generation through pay-for print books, e-books for iPad and Kindle, audio books, PDF downloads and interactive study aids. The company says over 1,600 professors and over 900 colleges have used its texts, although it doesn’t provide a revenue figure. ... "