Open source textbook bill passes state Legislature

A set of bills that would create an online library of free electronic textbooks was passed by the state Legislature last week — an effort aimed at alleviating the burden of rising textbook prices for students at California’s public postsecondary institutions.
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A cornerstone for success

HIGHER EDUCATION: An open source textbook library that would be available to students free of charge is a promising step toward the future.

When protesters chant, “No cuts, no fees. Education should be free,” they aren’t necessarily talking about the books students read for their classes. But the very real prospect of a freely available, open source textbook library in California inches public colleges in the state closer to that goal. Two bills
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