Flatworld Knowledge has decided to end their free online textbook business model in January 2013. Originally, they offered students free access to textbooks and made money by selling digital study aids, interactive tools, quizzes, guides, and PDF and audio versions of their textbooks. However, Flatworld Knowledge has explained that their freemium business model was a barrier to the company’s long-term growth and had become unfair to their licensing and retail partners. And while the company will no longer provide students free access to textbooks, the company emphasizes that it is still committed to providing students with affordable access to peer reviewed textbooks through a $19.99 study pass or a $34.95 all access pass.

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