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Report, citing crippling textbook costs, argues for more use of open-source materials. Publishers dispute the findings.
Publishers, bookstores and professors are complying with federal provisions to make textbook pricing more transparent for students. But prices are still high.
Open education advocates launch Lumen Learning, which aims to help institutions replace expensive textbooks with open-source solutions.
To lessen the impact of rising textbook costs, three institutions have created programs that allow students to borrow course materials.
OpenStax College, an open-access textbook publisher, introduces its first offering through iTunes -- and hopes the $4.99 charge will allow students to benefit from extras and the business model to grow.
The e-textbook consortium CourseSmart has announced an analytics program that will provide data about students' usage of a text, which universities can use to link with outcomes.
Publishing giant unveils search engine for open educational resources -- and its own content.
Apple iPads are gradually catching up to their hype on four-year campuses; e-textbooks make inroads as well.
American Public University System taps professors to write e-textbooks. The move could be a cost-saving innovation, but will raise hackles among publishers and some faculty members.
Advocates argue that public money for open educational resources is a sound investment.
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