Flat World Knowledge, publisher of open college textbooks, and XanEdu Publishing, which delivers print and digital custom course materials and textbooks that are copyright compliant and accessible on iPad and Android tablets, announced that they will partner on course materials. The two companies plan to integrate Flat World’s Make It Your Own customization platform with XanEdu’s Folio-X e-learning platform. College faculty will be able to pair selections from Flat World’s catalogue with other third-party content. XanEdu will provide aggregation and copyright clearances services and then package and deliver the materials to students.

“Flat World Knowledge has a unique and progressive business model focused on high-value content at low cost,” said XanEdu CEO Alar Elken. “Our combined vision is to extend this value proposition to customers in ways that dramatically streamline the aggregation process and reduce the cost of highly personalized textbook alternatives.” Adds Flat World CEO and cofounder Jeff Shelstad, “Flat World’s focus on personalization complement XanEdu’s, and our flexible content will better support their efforts worldwide.”

Online integration of the XanEdu-Flat World service will be completed by the summer.