O'Reilly Media and Safari Books Online have announced SafariU, a new service that offers computer technology educators and trainers a rich platform for creating both online and print materials tailored to their teaching needs. Safari Books Online is a joint venture of O'Reilly and the Pearson Technology Group (PTG), a division of Pearson plc.
With SafariU, instructors can compile a custom book from a wealth of information resources, and deliver it to students at a lower cost than a traditional textbook. The custom book is professionally printed and delivered in as little as two weeks. In addition to print books, SafariU offers an online subscription to a syllabus that links to the complete content of up to 10 of the books used in the custom book, plus supplementary information of the instructor's chooses, including audio, video, additional reading material, exercises, and links to outside resources. SafariU also provides a peer network where instructors can share learning objects and other teaching resources.
SafariU has been available to beta testers since January 2005. Several hundred instructors are currently using and testing the service. There is no cost to educators for SafariU. A SafariU textbook costs 16 cents per page, including the cover and binding, so the price of an average book of 200 pages is $32, plus the bookstore markup. A course subscription to SafariU's online resources is less than $10 per month per student.