BBookX is a novel computer facilitated system that dynamically builds free open online books, based on specific user inputs. The best way to describe the system is to imagine a table of contents template, where a user can specify things like a book title, chapter titles, and descriptive text for each chapter. Our system then uses web search algorithms to crawl the web, returning relevant chapter text based on the search criteria. Users do not necessarily need to build an entire book; some users may only want information on a few specific topics. BBookX can accommodate a wide variety of uses, from full textbooks, to supplemental class material, to personalized study guides and more.
BBookX is currently early in alpha testing, as we work with content experts to assess the quality of some of our early books built using the system. As we continue to develop the system, we have several use cases in mind, such as:
C. Lee Giles