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Open Textbooks from an Author's Perspective

20 October 2009


What motivates someone to write an open textbook? How much of the editorial and production process is within reach of an individual? How can librarians help? How is the experience different from writing a traditional textbook? What does the future hold for open textbooks?

My linear algebra textbook first became available in July 2004 at with an open license (GFDL). I will use the six years of experience writing and producing this text, from conception through adoptions and revisions, to comment on the questions above. I will then turn to speculation and predictions about the greater availability and use of open textbooks in the years ahead.


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