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Textbook publishers are most definitely not ready for the Connected Age

This article is about a month old, I know, but still worth pointing to: Salman Khan: The Messiah of Math. It’s an excellent example of how, when you engage in approaches that are suitable to the Connected Age, you can make serious inroads. Textbook publishers are among the most backwards businesses you can imagine, sadly clinging to an obviously outdated business model. If Craigslist can eviscerate the newspapers, can Khan Academy break us free from the stranglehold of the textbook publishers? (Even though in the article, Salman Khan says part of the magic of his efforts is that his is a non-profit, I don’t see any reason this couldn’t be a company, a la Craigslist — you don’t have to be rapacious to be successful!)