December 27, 2011

Will California Get Free Digital College Textbooks?

CALIFORNIA SENATE President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg wants to create a digital library of free course materials for California college students.

The proposal, unveiled earlier this month, is bound to be popular with students grappling with rising tuition and fees at California's public colleges and universities.

But the plan faces multiple obstacles. Some professors worry the e-books won't meet their standards, the publishing industry wants to ward off a competitive threat, and the proposal would come at no small cost to the state's chronically burdened budget.

The Sacramento Democrat plans to introduce legislation next year to tap $25 million in state funds to solicit open-source course materials for 50 lower-division courses at University of California, California State University and community college campuses.

>Read more on the digital textbooks proposal here

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