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AJ Cann



Yes, I thought about Lulu, but here's where I get a bit hypocritical - despite all my claims of democratisation, I'm still a bit snobbish about self-publishing books. So, at the moment, I still want a publisher to accept the book proposal as a kind of authentication. Pathetic isn't it? FlatWorld operate like a traditional publisher in this sense.

AJ Cann

I don't think an academic institution would give you any more credit for publishing with Flatworld than they would with Lulu, c.f. Wiley, Routledge, Elsevier, etc. With Lulu, you can still get an ISBN and professional looking hard copies to flash around and leave on your desk. I don't think there's any snob-value deficit for the university ;-)


It wasn't really the university I was thinking of, although that is an issue. You could at least make the argument that FlatWorld is peer reviewed, which isn't the case with Lulu. It's more to do with my own fragile ego...

Tony Hirst

Downes just posted on this:


(which I think I've come across before? IT's v like Nick Heaps wiki, actually...) and all my bookmarks turn up for textbooks is:


Gordon Rogers

You might want to look into Amazon's new Digital Text Platform (http://dtp.amazon.com/mn/signin, which is billed as "is a fast and easy self-publishing tool that lets you upload and format your books for sale in the Kindle Store."
Not sure if they accept non-US content yet, since the Kindle is currently only available in the US. But it's only a matter of time until it becomes available in other countries. And the textbook business one that is likely to undergo significant disruption thanks to innovations like the Kindle. More on this, including a link to your post, in my post at

Gordon Rogers

Beth Campbell

I'm a publisher (health care education, not technical education). I've also been watching Flat World Knowledge, with much interest.

I would love to talk off-line and brainstorm some of these apparently radical ideas. My company is actually looking for an innovative approach to publishing, but it always comes down to the business model -- how are you going to make the money??!!

But clearly there has to be a better way of doing things. Let me know if you want to chat...

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