“More than 400 University students in eight different courses will use free e-books this semester as part of a pilot program taking place in four other universities across the country.”
“The initiative, sponsored by Internet2, McGraw-Hill and the Courseload eText Pilot Trail Pack, aims to provide students with convenient and cost-effective access to textbooks.
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Five Participating Universities
- Cornell U.
- The Ohio State U.
- U of California, Berkley
- U. of Virginia
- U. of Wisconsin
The pilot, which is based on Indiana University’s eText model (http://etexts.iu.edu), provides a timely and simple way for universities to quickly assess a new model for digital course materials. While an increasing number of eTexts are already available at retail prices, eTexts can cost less when institutions negotiate attractive volume price deals to dramatically reduce costs to students while efficiently paying authors and publishers fairly for each use of their digital work.