Eric Frank, Co-Founder and President of Flat World Knowledge, the leading publisher of commercial, openly licensed college textbooks, discusses the company and its business model, which he compares to that of Red Hat. In the podcast Frank addresses moral hazards of the traditional college textbook publishing model, the company’s genesis, products and services it offers, how it makes money, and why it appeals to students, professors, and authors.
- Building a Better Model: Eric Frank on Flat World Knowledge (.pdf)
- “Flat World schools textbook publishers with free Web editions”, at Ars Technica
- “Textbook case”, Westchester County Business Journal
- “Flat World Knowledge: The Textbook Case for Disruption”, at bNET