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  • Open Textbooks: The Student Perspective
  • Students and Textbooks
    Textbooks cost how much???
  • Students and Textbooks
    High prices force students to make difficult choices
    Work longer hours
    Credit cards
    Drop the class
    Don’t buy the book
  • What Students Want
    Digital textbooks could be a change for the better…
  • What Students Want
    CourseSmart e-textbooks aren’t much cheaper than used books
    New in bookstore
    Used in bookstore
    Used online
    E-book “rental”
    After buyback
    Bookstore rental
    Online rental
    $145.39
    $109.04
    $79.32
    $73.19
    $72.69
    $61.79
    $40.79
  • What Students Want
    1. Textbooks must be affordable
    Many options to control costs – format, length of ownership, etc.
    A free or nearly free alternative
    Safeguards against future rip-offs
    Note: “less expensive” does not mean affordable
  • What Students Want
    2. Format flexibility
    94%
    Comfortable with print
    75%
    Prefer print
    25%
    Prefer digital
    48%
    Comfortable with digital
    Another study found 70% want the option to use both
  • What Students Want
    3. Easy access to textbooks
    71% said they keep at least some of their textbooks for future reference
    45% said computer access would make it at least somewhat difficult to use a digital book
  • What Students Want
    Open textbooks have it all!
    Affordable: Many options including free online – lets students buy what they value
    Many formats: Online, offline, PDF, print on demand, self-printed…
    Accessible: Anywhere, anytime without restrictions and will always remain open
  • The Campaign
    Research to expose problem
    Bookswaps, rental programs
    State and federal legislation
  • The Campaign
    Build support for open textbooks through the Statement of Intent
    www.studentpirgs.org/open-textbooks
    More than 2,500
    professors have
    signed since 2008
  • The Campaign
    Grassroots efforts to raise awareness of open textbooks currently available
    www.studentpirgs.org/open-textbooks
  • Open Textbooks: The Student Perspective