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New California Laws Grant Free Digital Textbooks to Students

The United States are moving closer to digital textbooks, with the Obama Administration saying that it wants all students using digital textbooks within the next five years. California Governor Jerry Brown is now signing into law two bills that will give students access to select free textbooks.

The two bills, SB 1052 and SB 1053, affects students in “50 strategically selected lower division courses” at the University of California, California State University, and community colleges all throughout the state. Those students will not only be able to get the digital versions of their course textbooks for free, but they can elect to purchase the hard copies for $20 each, no doubt a steep discount off of the regular price.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the first batch of the new digital textbooks should arrive in time for the 2013-2014 school year. Kudos to both President Obama and Governor Brown for having their priorities straight. Textbook prices have long been an unreasonable hindrance to a good education.

via The Verge

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