Talk:Electronic textbook projects

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Overlap

There seems be a significant overlap between the contents of this page and that of Sharing_your_content_with_the_OLPC_project. Merging them should be considered. Lethe

Mathematics might be the most important and easiest (relatively) series of textbooks to create.

Here's why:

1) Most content can be taken from existing textbooks without copyright infringement issues (no one owns 3x + 7 = 12)

2) The organization of the textbook is straight-forward

2) It's the easiest subject to study in a non-primary language because there's not that much vocabulary (compared to other subjects), and mathematical symbols don't need translation. In US schools, math classes are the first mainstream classes ESL students are given.

3) Word problems, which obviously can't be taken from existing textbooks, could be authored in a Wikipedia fashon.

We live in very exciting times. Many math teachers have wished that they could make changes to, or contribute to, the math book they use. A project like this makes that possible, with the added benefit of providing our expert help to people in need across the world. How cool is that!?! --HSTutorials 12:17, 20 July 2006 (EDT)

Books and Textbooks are not the same

I really hope you do not merge this page with EBooks. I'm helping to write OLPC - Algebra 1 in Simple English, and I'm worried that it would get lost in a sea of E-Books. Secondly, electronic textbooks can and ususally should have interactive elements that we would not expect in an E-Book.--HSTutorials 11:08, 28 January 2007 (EST)

I see your point. Thanks for noting the difference! Maybe the difference with eBooks (interactive elements) should be noted higher/bigger so that others don't make my mistake? :)
Maybe then the contextual reference text should/could be moved/merged/linked, and leave the parts focused on textbook projects?
My merge suggestion was just that... if you still disagree with the above notes, just remove the merge tag :) --Xavi 09:59, 29 January 2007 (EST)

Removed the merge proposal

This page is about educational content in ebook form. The other page is a technical page about ebook formats that are supported.

As a result, I removed the merge proposal. There is already some use of this page to connect people with textbook writing projects. Over time, the wiki will have a higher and higher proportion of non-technical content. This is a good thing.

Intro paragraph was too negative

So I've made it more positive.--SvenAERTS 09:38, 22 April 2013 (UTC)

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