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California legislator proposes a program to create free college textbooks

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 14 Dec 2011 5:15 User comments (4)

California legislator proposes a program to create free college textbooks New legislation being proposed in California could substantially change the cost of providing textbooks to college students.
The bill would mandate the creation of new textbooks to be offered for 50 different undergraduate courses. Electronic versions of the textbooks readable on computers and mobile devices would be available for no charge, with print versions costing around $20.

The textbooks would all be published under a Creative Commons license.

"There's a clarion call from students and middle class families to make higher education more accessible and affordable," said California Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg. "Open source digital textbooks can bring real relief of nearly $1,000 a year to each college student."

Dr. Larry Green, Lake Tahoe Community College professor already uses a free textbook in some of his classes. He said of his experiences with it:

Choosing to adopt the open digital textbook for my students spares them thousands of dollars in textbook expenses, and the book's academic quality is comparable, if not better, than the pricey versions offered by publishers.

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4 user comments

114.12.2011 5:32

Cutting the price of books by 90%-100% is a good start...but when it costs $100K to go to school for 4 years and it gets you nothing but unemployment, the system is still broken.



214.12.2011 7:07

Other states should follow their example. The cost of college textbooks is such a scam. In this day and age you can get the same information off the internet for free yet you are forced to shell out hundreds of dollars. When I was in college the college algebra book was nearly 200 bucks and so was physics. The other core courses were in the 100 dollar range. You are talking about spending this kind of money each one or two semesters for 6 or 7 classes just so the school and the professors can get kickbacks from the publishers.

314.12.2011 8:47

Quote:
Cutting the price of books by 90%-100% is a good start...but when it costs $100K to go to school for 4 years and it gets you nothing but unemployment, the system is still broken.

Bingo, I been unemployed for a while *tho I live in Canada*; and the governments turn a blind eye over hear worst than in the States. (We have the best Bank in the world right now, our economy is doing just fine... High school students are smarter than they were 5 years ago, so we don't need to improve our quality of eduction... Our solution for colleges being too expensive, allow more colleges to open up so they can be closed in the near future!)

But yea we have no issues over here.


Getting back on the topic of digital text books, I see this working until they get dinged for copyright infringement and nailed for piracy. OH WAIT, it's legal when politicians want to do it, but the average student that has been doing this for years...

414.12.2011 11:48

When I go to uni I'm not paying for shit. Piracy over inflated textbook prices any day.




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