So, remember that time I did a photoshoot because I need a professional photo for a top secret project that I was working on? Well, as it turns out, the reason that I needed that photo was for the author bio page of the textbook I’ve been working on!
Essentials of Nutrition: A Functional Approach, by Zimmerman and Snow is a textbook for nutrition courses for non-majors. It presents the science of nutrition in an accessible way, so that it can be understood even if you don’t have an extensive background in biology and chemistry. We’ve structured the book so that it focuses on nutrients in relation to their main physiological functions rather than just going through a chapter on each nutrient. For example, we have chapters on the nutrients important to bone health, and another on nutrients important to fluid balance. Putting the information into context should make the material easier to retain.
The other really exciting thing about my textbook – I mean, in addition to OMG I HAVE A TEXTBOOK! – is the business model of our publisher, Flat World Knowledge. This screenshot I’ve taken from Flat World’s website does a pretty good job of explaining it:
I shudder to think how much I’ve spent on textbooks over my years as a student1. And as an educator, I’ve struggled with finding textbooks that weren’t quite what I wanted. Flat World’s model of affordable textbooks that are customizable by instructors is really something that I can appreciate.