As a college student, I can attest to the financial hardships that buying textbooks cause every single semester. The worse part is that once the semester is over and you don’t need the book ever again, you’ll be lucky if you can sell it for 50% of what you bought it for. Stories like the one below seem to offer some hope into this matter:
This semester, the University System of Maryland is exploring ways to bring that cost to zero with “open-source” electronic textbooks — the latest experiment in changing the way students in Maryland and across the nation are taught.
Unlike electronic versions of textbooks sold by publishers, open-source textbooks are made up of materials gathered from various sources and are not protected by copyright. They are often designed to be interactive, with links to source material and multimedia elements. The materials are licensed openly, so anyone with an Internet connection can access them.
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