Textbook prices have risen more than twice the rate of inflation for the past 25 years, and now cost the average student $900 per year. Publishers continue to exacerbate the problem by pumping out new editions every few years and packaging books with costly extras like CDs and passcodes. Students, instructors, colleges and parents share frustration with the high cost of textbooks, but what can be done?
This webinar will present information about a forthcoming solution to the textbook affordability crisis: open textbooks. These books are similar to traditional texts, except that they are offered free online and sold for lower prices in print. If open textbooks gain traction in the marketplace, they could drive textbook costs down for good.
Come learn from these speakers, who provide a variety of perspectives on textbook affordability and open textbooks as a solution:
• Nicole Allen, a consumer advocate from the Student Public Interest Research Groups and director of Make Textbooks Affordable.
• Levi Menovske, a junior at UC-Davis and leader of the student open textbooks campaign in California.
• Eric Frank, co-founder of an open textbook publishing company and veteran of the traditional publishing industry.
• Joining this group will be a professor and a student to share their experiences with using an open textbook in a college course.
• Introduction by Dr. Cable Green from the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges.
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