When I clicked on the “free” tag of your blog, I was expecting to find article after article of free Web 2.0 tools like slideshare and diigo. It’s been amazing to me, over the last two semesters to learn not only just how many applications are available (seriously, I could lose hours just browsing gotoweb2.0) but how much content is free. This is America for crying out loud! You can’t get something for nothing…only in the Web 2.0 age you can. And with so much wrong in the world today, it is truly heartening to see that there is a real movement to share knowledge and ideas and art and culture openly and free of charge. That will make the world a better place long before any economic recovery package or changes in foreign policy. What caught my eye about this article in particular, is that my mom recently received a Kindle as a gift and it has become her most prized possession. We’ve both played with it and have only just begun tapping into all of its resources. (I did email her this article.) It’s exciting in its novelty (no pun intended) because so many books are out there just waiting to be downloaded. However, recreational virtue aside, the business potential is equally powerful. Access to digitalized traditional books is paving the way for a more standardized use of Wikibooks. The more society within education and without becomes acclimated to this level of access, the easier it will be to transition to collaborative works like Wiki books that will continue to foster this developing atmosphere of free information and authentic and lifelong learning.
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