Groups target textbook prices to rein in college costs

In an article dated February 17, Mary Beth Marklein writes in USA Today:

A push to create free or inexpensive textbooks is gaining momentum as educators, philanthropists and policymakers nationwide search for new ways to rein in college costs.

The state of Washington last fall launched an electronic library of books for 42 popular community college courses that are free online and cost no more than $30 in print, and it is set to add books for 39 more courses this year. The president of California’s senate last week proposed a similar library for 50 courses at California’s public colleges. In a plan funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other non-profit groups, Rice University this month announced it will provide free online textbooks for five of the nation’s most-attended college courses. Rice officials estimate students in the USA could save $90 million over the next five years.

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