Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Text book prices too high? Hope is either here or coming soon!

Just had another of those "The World is Flat" moments.

I started working on my syllabi for the spring semester today and while cleaning off my desk I found an advertisement for FreeLoadPress. Have you heard of them? It is a very cool idea. I have not used their books, but am very tempted.

The basic idea is that they offer text books for free or next to free in return for sponsorship. For instance, a quick look shows that the online version of the text books are free and a printed copies costs less than $30. Sure the text does not have all the bells and whistles, but at first glance, it looks to have all of the important topics.

Has anyone used it? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

This got me thinking "are there any open source finance textbooks?" So far, the answer appears to be "not yet" but they are coming.

1 comment:

allan said...

You could use readily available books with a finance basis.

Nassim Taleb's Fooled By Randomness comes to mind.

Early chapters from Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness Of Crowds might be used also.

These books can be found new at a tenth the price of text books.