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Welcome to Textbook Revolution!

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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.

Types of contributions

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.

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 (coming soon). 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.

Status quo

We are currently rebuilding the site. We spent a lot of time moving over almost all of the books from the old site to this current one. The next big item on our agenda is getting the semantic mediawiki aspects of this site working.

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.

Ontology building

  • Visit this talk page to find out more. Basically we are trying to import the ERIC ontology into semantic-mediawiki, but we can't find a good representation of ERIC! Help us find it.
    • There is more information on the ERIC ontology here.
    • We will need to determine what choices to allow for the Education Level and Publication Type fields.
  • 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.

Logo

  • We're working on a new logo for the site. More information is on the talk page.

Lists of category tags

The category tags have been superseded by semantic properties.

Contacts

Join us on IRC on freenode at #textbookrevolution.

People to contact:

Joshua Gay

Derek Kaser

  • AIM : KB3LWJ

Val Grimm

  • AIM : DeliKachar


To-do lists