Flat World Knowledge Textbooks

Flat World Knowledge

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Solution Overview & Benefits

Flat World Knowledge provides a new approach to college textbooks.

Our books are free online. We offer convenient, low-cost choices for students – print-on-demand softcovers, audio books and chapters, self-print options, and more. Our books are open for instructors to modify and make their own (for their own course — not for anybody else's). Our books are the hub of a social learning network where students learn from the book and each other.

Flat World Knowledge. Because great minds are evenly distributed. Great textbooks are not. Until Now.

History & Development

Founded in 2007 by textbook publishing industry veterans Jeff Shelstad and Eric Frank, privately held Flat World Knowledge is a leading publisher of open textbooks for higher education. Flat World’s textbooks are written by the world’s leading subject matter experts. The books are peer reviewed, professionally edited, and made available for free online to educators and students. Educators have the freedom to use the books as-is, or to mix, mash or edit them to suit their unique classroom requirements. Students can access the books for free, or purchase alternatives from print-on-demand versions of the books, to audio versions, to downloadable versions and more at a fraction of the cost of traditional textbooks.


Publicly available: yes
Countries where available: Worldwide
Price range (USD): Free
Available online: yes

Additional Information

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