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Open access textbooks and financial sustainability: A case study on Flat World Knowledge

  • John Levi Hilton III Brigham Young University
  • David Wiley Brigham Young University
Keywords: Open educational resources, open textbooks, electronic textbooks, Flat World Knowledge, open access, sustainability


Many college students and their families are concerned about the high costs of textbooks. A company called Flat World Knowledge both gives away and sells open-source textbooks in a way it believes to be financially sustainable. This article reports on the financial sustainability of the Flat World Knowledge open-source textbook model after one year of operation.

Author Biographies

John Levi Hilton III, Brigham Young University
John Hilton III is a doctoral student in Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University (BYU). He also teaches part-time with BYU's Department of Ancient Scripture.
David Wiley, Brigham Young University
Associate Professor, Instructional Psychology and Associate Professor, Instructional Psychology and Technology Brigham Young University
How to Cite
Hilton III, J. L., & Wiley, D. (2011). Open access textbooks and financial sustainability: A case study on Flat World Knowledge. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 12(5), 18-26.
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