Here are a couple of pieces about Open Courses and Publishing.
First is a piece by Seth Godin, on the Domino Project, about the future of books and publishing.
Note the part the describes the Domino Project's goals and core beliefs:
Note this in particular:
"Virality first. An idea that requires a direct sale won’t thrive in a world where the most powerful ideas spread from hand to hand. Create content that works best when spread, and then package it so it’s easy to spread."
And, then, there's this:
Tom Caswell posted his NW ELearn Presentation on the Open Course Library on SlideShare:
Something is happening and you don't know what it is, do you Mr. Publisher? Do you, Mr. Faculty?
It's time to get away from publisher-controlled educational content and proprietary and closed learning management systems.