When I first started thinking about writing an objective article about a company that offered free (yeah, thatâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s what I said) textbooks to everyone, I thought the same thing you are right now. âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬RIGHT!! These jokers think I am some kind of tool! No WAY are they gonna give me my textbooks for FREE!âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹ Guess what? THEY REALLY DO!
The founders of FlatWorldKnowledge have actually done it! Jeff Shelstad and Eric Frank have created a site that actually does completely what it saysâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Â¶. Something for free, no gimmicks and no high pressure sales tricks aimed at getting what few dollars I am desperately trying to hang on to. If you are looking for a textbook and they have it in their inventory, itâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s really yours for free! The books are totally free for use online.
I bet youâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢re wondering why I was so excited to read about FlatWorldKnowledgeâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s nearly heretical âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬freeâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹ offerings. Read on
e has set a new example of entrepreneurship with their free books offers, and I expect they will make good their claim to be âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬flipping it all on itâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Ã€Ãºs headâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬. But first, IâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢ve got to tell you about all the services offered for their âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬sign up feeâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹ which is, of course.. free.
Everyone has free access to all the books in their growing inventory of textbooks. Instructors can, using the internet as their platform for education, choose which books to use and the students can access all of them whenever and wherever they want. If the teacher wants to edit the text to better suit their needs, complete chapters can be removed, new ones added, basically allowing the instructors to create their own textbooks to suit THEIR teaching goals and their students.
Now youâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢re probably saying to yourself âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬Entrepreneurship requires someone to make moneyâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Â¶ Don is out of his gourd!âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹ Well, I may be crazy (I just asked my wife, she agrees with you J ) but they really are poised to make money with their new take on entrepreneurship. HereâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ‘Â¢s how.
We all know we are a society based upon conveniences. The folks of FlatWorldKnowledge know this too, and had the genius to build into their free site the option for users to obtain copies of their textbooks in various formats for reasonable fees. Whether they want to listen to their text on their MP-3 player, print their own copy, or receive an actual bound copy of the book, their clientele have that option. Add to that the ability for students to ask questions about the curriculum and network their responses, and you have a groundbreaking event coming from FlatWorldKnowledge.
It is fair to note that they seem to only have about 30 books currently, but with some publicity it might grow fast.