Friday, April 8, 2011

An Affordable Solution

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Flat World Knowledge for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Eons ago when I attended college, I remember being at the book store as soon as it opened to try to score used copies of the textbooks I needed. Since I was in a medical field, I needed anatomy and physiology. Have you ever priced this textbook? It's pricey. Very, very pricey. And I ended up taking it twice. Once my freshman year because I thought it was fun. Yeah, I know, don't throw tomatoes please. The second time at a different college (different book too!) to try to boost my grade only to end up with the exact same grade.
My first semester of college my parents bought my textbooks for me. I was in an early education program at that time (when I took A&P for fun - really? What was I thinking??) and it was over $300 for textbooks. This was over (ahem) 20 years ago. Needless to say, the cost has continued to rise.

Enter Flat World Knowledge! What if I told you that you could find many of your college textbooks for FREE at their site? Really and truly free? Check out this short four minute video to see what they are all about.

Flat World Knowledge has joined the technology age. They are working to create open license textbooks for colleges. This means the instructors have full access to edit as they need to and make fully customizable books for their particular class. This also means that they become extremely affordable for college students.

The cost of a college education continues to rise (along with everything else). In 2010-2011 college students spent an average of $1137 on textbooks according to The College Board. That's a lot of money when you look at how much a credit hour costs. The Bureau of Labor has stated that the cost of textbooks is rising at four times the rate of inflation!

Flat World Knowledge offers textbooks online for free. You don't like to read books online? They offer affordable print versions as well as various study aides (podcasts and more). Visit their site and request more info.

Since 2009 Flat World's books have been adopted by over 1600 professions and over 900 schools. That's about 115,000 students. Spread the word about this great resource. And if you'd like, take it a step further and sign the Textbook Rebellion petition.

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