Yun Xie interviews Vikram Savkar on digital, interactive science texts:
The main problem is that textbooks are not research-oriented, nor are they up-to-date. Most are already behind the times by the time you buy them.... Textbooks are also falling behind when it comes to technology, as any interactive content has to be provided via separate media. Thus, it was exciting to see the implementation of what's being claimed as the â€śfirst interactive textbookâ€ť called Principles of Biology.
...These textbooks are not free, but they are affordable. We think itâ€™ll be possible to be affordable. The price will be around $49 per student, and itâ€™s a lifetime access. A person will always have access to the book. Our editorial team will also keep the textbook current. Twenty years from now, you can still read it and get updated on the world of biology. Itâ€™s a living edition, not something stagnant.