Professors turn to Public Domain and Open Source Textbooks
More press coverage over students and professors trying to find alternatives to exorbitantly priced textbooks. Ours will be a standard $50. Thankfully not in the $150-$200 range that many “proper” textbooks hit. From Ars Technica:
In 2006, Rice experimented with a wiki for his Introduction to Political Science class. In addition to online articles, the wiki links to books at Project Gutenberg for older texts. This kept the students’ reading list to below $40, an important consideration when tuition seems to go up every year. Students could also collaborate, posting class notes and helping to develop the course.
Update: R. Preston McAfee speaks about this on On The Media. Great interview.