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== Textbook Revolution ==
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Textbook Revolution is the web’s source for free educational materials. This is a student-run, volunteer-operated website started in response to the textbook industry’s constant drive to maximize profits instead of educational value.
Textbook Revolution is the web’s source for free educational materials. This is a student-run, volunteer-operated website started in response to the textbook industry’s constant drive to maximize profits instead of educational value.
TBR’s mission is to drive the adoption of free textbooks by teachers and professors. We want to get these books into classrooms. Our approach is to bring all of the free textbooks we can find together in one place, review them, and let the best rise to the top and find their way into the hands of students in classrooms around the world.
TBR’s mission is to drive the adoption of free textbooks by teachers and professors. We want to get these books into classrooms. Our approach is to bring all of the free textbooks we can find together in one place, review them, and let the best rise to the top and find their way into the hands of students in classrooms around the world.
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* Browse by subject or by license from the sidebars on the left hand side of this site, or use the search bar.
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* Sign-up for an account and [[Form:Book| add your favorite book]] to our site.
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===Types of contributions===
===Types of contributions===
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'''Professors''': You’re the most important link in the chain. Browse the books. Try out sample chapters in your classrooms. If you find a book you like, review it when the new site goes live in January—professors’ reviews will carry more weight. Tell your professor friends about free books. And bask in the glory your students will heap on you for bringing them free books.
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'''Professors''': You’re the most important link in the chain. Browse the books. Try out sample chapters in your classrooms. Tell your professor friends about free books. And bask in the glory your students will heap on you for bringing them free books.
'''Students''': we need you! Find a free book on our site that would work for one of your classes. Show it to your professor and let him or her know that there are top-quality alternatives to the overpriced bookstore editions. If you use a book, review it. And tell your friends!
'''Students''': we need you! Find a free book on our site that would work for one of your classes. Show it to your professor and let him or her know that there are top-quality alternatives to the overpriced bookstore editions. If you use a book, review it. And tell your friends!
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'''Authors''': we want your stuff! [[Form:Book| Add your book]] to our site!
'''Authors''': we want your stuff! [[Form:Book| Add your book]] to our site!
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'''Visitors''': welcome! If you find something you like, please take the time to review it (coming soon). And tell your friends!
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'''Visitors''': welcome! If you find something you like, please take the time to review it. And tell your friends!
At Textbook Revolution, you’ll find links to textbooks and select educational resources of all kinds. Some of the books are PDF files, others are viewable only online as e-books. Most books are aimed at undergraduates, but there are at least a few resources at every level, from kindergarten to post-doc. All of the books are offered for free by their respective copyright holders for online viewing. Beyond that, each book is as individual as the author behind it.
At Textbook Revolution, you’ll find links to textbooks and select educational resources of all kinds. Some of the books are PDF files, others are viewable only online as e-books. Most books are aimed at undergraduates, but there are at least a few resources at every level, from kindergarten to post-doc. All of the books are offered for free by their respective copyright holders for online viewing. Beyond that, each book is as individual as the author behind it.
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The majority of the posts are brief reviews with links to the authors websites. In a very few cases, Textbook Revolution is acting as the sole host for the books. In a few more, the site is an authorized mirror for files. We don’t publish our own material or contract authors to write books.
The majority of the posts are brief reviews with links to the authors websites. In a very few cases, Textbook Revolution is acting as the sole host for the books. In a few more, the site is an authorized mirror for files. We don’t publish our own material or contract authors to write books.
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We are currently rebuilding the site. We spent a lot of time moving over almost all of the books from the [http://textbookrevolution.org old site] to this current one. The next big item on our agenda is getting the [http://semantic-mediawiki.org semantic mediawiki] aspects of this site working.
 
== How to help ==
== How to help ==
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:*Search for books on the the [[:Category:Dead Links|dead links]] page.
:*Search for books on the the [[:Category:Dead Links|dead links]] page.
:*Comment on pages listed as [[TextbookRevolution:Duplicate Books|duplicates]] or [[:Category:Books to Review|needing review]].
:*Comment on pages listed as [[TextbookRevolution:Duplicate Books|duplicates]] or [[:Category:Books to Review|needing review]].
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=== Ontology building ===
 
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:*Visit this [[Talk:Main_Page|talk page]] to find out more. Basically we are trying to import the [http://eric.ed.gov ERIC ontology] into semantic-mediawiki, but we can't find a good representation of ERIC! Help us find it.
 
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:**There is more information on the ERIC ontology [http://www.csa.com/factsheets/eric-set-c.php here].
 
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:**We will need to determine what choices to allow for the Education Level and Publication Type fields.
 
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:*We also should import FOAF as well and start using that for our user/group accounts. We want to help bring together the existing and growing community of textbook revolutionaries! Help us import FOAF.
 
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:*We're working on a new logo for the site. More information is on the [[Talk:Main_Page|talk page]].
 
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The category tags have been superseded by semantic properties.
 
== Contacts ==
== Contacts ==
Join us on [irc://irc.freenode.net/#textbookrevolution IRC] on freenode at #textbookrevolution.   
Join us on [irc://irc.freenode.net/#textbookrevolution IRC] on freenode at #textbookrevolution.   
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People to contact:
 
* [[User:jgay|Joshua Gay]]
* [[User:jgay|Joshua Gay]]
* [[User:KB3LWJ|Derek Kaser]]
* [[User:KB3LWJ|Derek Kaser]]
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* Val Grimm: AIM: <tt>DeliKachar</tt>
 
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* [[Graphic Design]]
 
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* [[Sysadmin]]
 
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* ''Link to your list here''
 

Revision as of 22:05, 26 September 2008


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Welcome to Textbook Revolution

Textbook Revolution is the web’s source for free educational materials. This is a student-run, volunteer-operated website started in response to the textbook industry’s constant drive to maximize profits instead of educational value.

TBR’s mission is to drive the adoption of free textbooks by teachers and professors. We want to get these books into classrooms. Our approach is to bring all of the free textbooks we can find together in one place, review them, and let the best rise to the top and find their way into the hands of students in classrooms around the world.

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Getting Started

  • Browse by subject or by license from the sidebars on the left hand side of this site, or use the search bar.
  • Sign-up for an account and add your favorite book to our site.


Types of contributions

Professors: You’re the most important link in the chain. Browse the books. Try out sample chapters in your classrooms. Tell your professor friends about free books. And bask in the glory your students will heap on you for bringing them free books.

Students: we need you! Find a free book on our site that would work for one of your classes. Show it to your professor and let him or her know that there are top-quality alternatives to the overpriced bookstore editions. If you use a book, review it. And tell your friends!

Authors: we want your stuff! Add your book to our site!

Visitors: welcome! If you find something you like, please take the time to review it. And tell your friends!

At Textbook Revolution, you’ll find links to textbooks and select educational resources of all kinds. Some of the books are PDF files, others are viewable only online as e-books. Most books are aimed at undergraduates, but there are at least a few resources at every level, from kindergarten to post-doc. All of the books are offered for free by their respective copyright holders for online viewing. Beyond that, each book is as individual as the author behind it.

The majority of the posts are brief reviews with links to the authors websites. In a very few cases, Textbook Revolution is acting as the sole host for the books. In a few more, the site is an authorized mirror for files. We don’t publish our own material or contract authors to write books.


How to help

Clean up the wiki

  • Make an account. Start exploring the current book reviews and edit them for everything from punctuation and spelling to formatting.
  • Search for books on the the dead links page.
  • Comment on pages listed as duplicates or needing review.

Contacts

Join us on IRC on freenode at #textbookrevolution.