We've written about a variety of learning tools that have been popping up on the web in recent months from institutional examples like Academic Earth and iTunes University to more grassroots models like Moontoast and the School of Everything, causing us to rethink the ways we view the availability and cost of education. And while these online alternatives are freeing knowledge from the confines of the classroom, we're not ready to call traditional college educations obsolete, for the time being at least. Which is why we were particularly excited by Flat World Knowledge, a company that hopes to revolutionize higher learning by providing open source textbooks online for free.

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