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Flat World Knowledge: Learning with Cheap Customized Textbooks

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Flat World Knowledge, a new entrant in the educational text book scene, brings a new platform and setup to both professors and students. With their “MIYO” setup, professors and students get access to the complete Flat World Knowledge library and can easily customize, publish even, their own textbooks.

The Make It Your Own (MIYO) book editor, allows the user to handpick elements from the entire open books library and render the combined selection in the form of a new book. All expert authored and professionally published, textbooks in the library of Flat World Knowledge are published under Creative Commons License, making textbook customization of books by reuse of content possible. Additionally to the easy ‘click and drag’ setup of Flat World Knowledge’s platform, professors can easily insert rich media to the textbooks, which are rendered upon click.
 
Books are published in different formats, optimized for digital platforms. Every customized publication is available in the form of a PDF for printing, a HTML ebook with search functionality and option to add notes, and even as .mobi and .epub files, which can be read on mobile platforms such as the iPhone, iPad and Kindle, as well as in Android. Textbooks are also published as audiobooks and are available in Braille in order to exclude nobody and make the whole, fully available library, totally accessible to everyone.
 
Thanks to the possibility to customize books and tailor the textbooks 100% to the learning program, Flat World Knowledge, who has raised over $27 million over the last 2 years in venture capital from investors including Bessemer and BDMI, is able to offer the books in different pricing schedules as well, even free and make education much more affordable.
  • Online edition: free to use
  • Print version: $35
  • Other formats: $25

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