The Wikimedia Foundation--the group known best for the open-source, freely licensed encyclopedia project Wikipedia, which invites users to write, edit, and expand upon encyclopedia entries to create a collaborative, free-to-use online information resource--has begun a similar initiative for textbooks.

If the effort catches on, it could have a profound impact on the for-profit textbook and online content markets for schools.

Wikibooks invites users to collaboratively write and edit freely licensed, online K-20 textbooks and related nonfiction, such as literary criticism, for all subjects. The project uses wiki web-publishing software, which permits users to read,


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