In Could Open-source Texbooks Save College Students Money? moi said:
Open-source textbooks are another option in the calculation of the most cost effective option for obtaining needed textbooks.
Katherine Long is reporting in the Seattle Times that Washington community colleges may be examining the feasibility of “open-source” textbooks. In the article, Washington’s 2-Year Colleges Out to Beat the High Cost of Textbooks long reports….
Jeffrey R. Young has an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the move to online texts. In As Textbooks Go Digital, Bookstores May Go Bookless Young reports:
As students cut costs by buying books from cheaper online retailers or by downloading e-textbooks, campus bookstores sell fewer and fewer textbooks. That’s triggering an identity crisis for one of the oldest institutions on campus and leading some college officials to ask: If textbooks go digital, does the campus even need a bookstore?
“Book sales are declining—they’re down tremendously this year,” says DeAnn Hazey, executive director of the National Association of College Stores Foundation. “The college stores have to find other ways and other categories” to make money, she says, “otherwise they won’t survive.”
So bookstores at many colleges are preparing for a bookless future with new services they hope will keep students coming: performance spaces for in-store concerts, multimedia stations for printing digital photos, and even dry cleaning. Most store managers I talked with hoped to drop the word “book” from the sign out front.
“I say I’m a buggy-whip salesman,” quipped Liz Hale, manager of bookstore services at Bellingham Technical College, in Washington, where she has been advocating changes in the campus store. “I personally believe that the textbook in its current incarnation is as obsolete as buggy whips that people used to steer when we had horses and carriages.”
Too bad, there is something warm and fuzzy about a book that a Kindle or laptop can’t replace.
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