Wikibooks: A New Way to Share Knowledge

Finding information about specific topics for free can be challenging. But there is hope! Wikibooks is a great website that allows users to write textbooks and other instructional books. Anyone can edit any page, allowing people to share their knowledge with others for free. In addition, users can search for books on anything that they want to learn about. This website is all about open books and sharing knowledge.

The logo for Wikibooks with their slogan: "Open books for an open world."
The logo for Wikibooks.

Wikibooks was started in 2003 and has since become one of the largest free websites for e-books. There is a large variety of books on every subject imaginable. Users can simply search for a topic they wish to learn more about and then choose from a long list of books to read about that topic. The books are divided up into sections to make it easier to find exactly what you are looking for. You simply click on the section you want to read. That’s all there is to it! There’s even a book about how to use Wikibooks!

There are sections to choose from if you are just looking for general knowledge as well. Some of these sections are humanities, cooking, languages, children’s, and more. There are even books explaining the worlds of other fiction books! (Check out Muggles’ Guide to Harry Potter if you are a Harry Potter fan.) If you cannot find a section on something you are passionate about, you can always add one. All users can edit already existing books and add new ones. There’s always new stuff being added!

The great thing about Wikibooks is that it benefits open pedagogy. This allows students to be the creators of information, instead of just consumers of it. (If you want to learn more about open pedagogy, visit our blog post: “How Open Pedagogy Helps Students and Teachers”.) Wikibooks allows students and others to share the information they have learned in an easy way so that other people can benefit from it. It works the same as Wikipedia, just with books!

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