Thursday, February 12, 2009

The end of textbooks starts in Germany

Beyond-Print - all about future media - Your personal encyclopedia:
"(February 6, 2009 – D. Kulenovic) German users of Wikipedia can now have the articles they select collected into a book and digitally printed by a service provider. The books cost between 7.99 Euro (for 100 pages) and 29.80 Euro (for 800 pages).

The new service results from cooperation between the German Wikipedia and PediPress GmbH. For now, it is available only for the German version. Articles can be selected individually or via category lists, using a “Create Book” function. Then, the user can download a PDF version (for free) or order a black-and-white printed book from PediaPress."
And the difference between Wikipedia and a textbook on almost anything? The quizzes at the end of the chapters. As soon as someone writes the quizzes the race to scale begins.
Get ready. Get set.

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