Saturday, February 19, 2011


I knew that my ebooks would go up against the Khan Academy.  I just hadn't looked at the KA in a while.  They've made many improvements in that time; exercises, more videos, and achievements.  I spent about an hour there earlier this week and highly recommend the site.

I also realized that my ebooks wouldn't be a complimentary source of learning, it would be a direct competitor.  For my $2.99 - $5.99 ebook, someone could get a 5-10 video (or even two or three) on the subject alongside a great number of exercises for free.  Can't compete.  I don't want to spend hours on this if I know it'll be a waste of time.  It's too much of an opportunity cost; time I can spend elsewhere.

Overall it wasn't a bad idea.  I just came across it years too late.  The only way I could make it work is if my ebooks were also free.  Once I had enough ebooks, I could work with the KA.  Unfortunately, I have too many things I want to learn about and do.  I don't want nor need to make money from everything I spend my time on, but a side income to let me be more choosy about my job would be nice.

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