Our friends at Boston based Boundless, a startup that uses openly licensed educational content available on the web to create free textbooks and study tools, have announced that students at over half of U.S. colleges are now using their products. Boundless is currently the only completely free alternative to textbooks.
“I’m proud to announce that students at over half the colleges in the US have used Boundless,” said Ariel Diaz, co-founder and CEO of Boundless. “This year, we expect that number to continue to grow, as we’ve more than doubled the number of subjects that we offer and built a suite of features that go way beyond traditional textbooks. Most importantly, 88% of students who used our textbooks last semester are likely to go Boundless again and 95% of our users achieved the grade they expected – or did better!”
Textbooks remain the core content for most courses in higher education, with over 80% of the market controlled by the top four publishers. These publishers have continued to raise prices for this stagnant product in the face of innovation in every other information related industry, growing at a rate of 3 times inflation.
Boundless’ free textbooks not only save students money, but go beyond what traditional textbooks offer. Key features include:
- Shareable Study Guides for individual and group study sessions
- Notebooks that are autogenerated as students highlight important text and figures
- Boundless SmartNotes that summarize important topics, perfect for exam prep or studying in a flash
- Self-assessment tools, like pre-made flashcards and quizzes, for students to test their knowledge before exams and classes
- New, unaligned textbooks, combining the best the web has to offer in subjects such as biology, history and marketing
- Mobile, HTML 5, website optimized for studying on any device so students can study anywhere.