Three faculty members involved in developing free online textbooks explain why they're sold on the open source model.
Initiative aims to create and evaluate material, while also assessing the viability of the open access model.
Rice University's open educational resources Web site publishes a popular 2-year college text for anyone to read, reuse or remix -- free.
With slew of new announcements and partnerships, some publishers, colleges and even bookstores seem poised to offer e-textbooks as a serious alternative for students.
A pilot at the University of Texas at Austin will replace printed textbooks with electronic versions for all students in certain classes, free of charge.
Northwest Missouri State U., which rents books to students, experiments with electronic formats, with ambitions to go digital as publishers do.
For years, some have predicted a shift -- and then not seen it take place. But changes in technology, ventures by publishers and worries over textbook prices might make this the time.
As Amazon unveils new version of its Kindle reader and underscores implications for electronic textbooks, perceptions vary on whether step is transformative.
As if the textbook industry didn't have an image problem already...
A growing number of companies are renting textbooks to college students, saying they're an alternative to sky-high price tags.
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