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Flat World Knowledge

May 05, 2011 07:48 ET

Flat World Knowledge Celebrates Free Comic Book Day With a Graphic Novel Approach to College Textbooks

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 5, 2011) - Professors and college students celebrating Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 7, can bring this beloved American art form into the classroom with two new graphic novel textbooks from Flat World Knowledge, the largest publisher of free and open college textbooks for students worldwide.

Free sample chapters of Tales of Garcon: The Franchise Players and University Life: A College Survival Story are available to read online on Flat World's website. Like Flat World's popular Atlas Black business management series, Tales of Garcón and University Life are co-authored by Jeremy Short, graphic textbook innovator and management professor at Texas Tech University.

Graphic novels are book-length works that are targeted toward adult audiences and widely read by college students. In recent years, educators have incorporated the graphic novel format into many university courses as a way to captivate students' attention and appeal to visual learners.

Tales of Garcón is a fictionalized case study of a family-owned hotel and the often comical business and family issues that surface when a mysterious investor offers to become the hotel's first franchisee. Short's co-authors are Dave Ketchen (Auburn University), Jim Combs (University of Alabama) and illustrator Will Terrell.

University Life deals head-on with real issues challenging today's students. Tyge Payne (Texas Tech University), Rob Austin (Copenhagen Business School) and illustrator Rachael Anderson teamed up with Short to create this entertaining story about a cast of freshmen characters navigating their first semester in college.

Later this year, Flat World plans to offer its graphic novels under the same Creative Commons open license as the rest of its catalog. Under an open license, students will be able to read the graphic texts in their entirety for free online, as well as purchase print copies for a nominal fee.

About Flat World Knowledge, Inc.
Flat World Knowledge is the largest publisher of free and open college textbooks for students worldwide. Committed to making higher education more affordable and accessible, the company provides students with free online access to complete, peer-reviewed textbooks, with options to purchase affordable print and digital formats, including e-books, audio books, PDF downloads and interactive study aids. Flat World's open license and online editing platform enable professors to modify the content and create the "perfect book" for their course. To date, more than 1,600 professors at over 900 colleges in 44 countries have used Flat World open textbooks. Backed by top venture capital firms, Flat World Knowledge was named, along with Apple, Facebook and Google, as one of the information industry's "30 to Watch" in 2011 by Outsell, Inc. To learn more, visit; follow us on Facebook at; and on Twitter at

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