Every college student (or parent of a college student) knows the pain at the beginning of a semester when confronted with the cost of college textbooks. With textbook costs rising at double the rate of inflation a revolution seems to be brewing.
The Massachusetts lead push for OERs (open educational resources) has met with results-and savings-since begun in 2011. An estimated $1.3 million dollars has staying in Massachusetts student’s pockets as educators have been encouraged to adopt less costly materials.
Textbook publishers are feeling the pressure. Open-sourced textbooks and used textbooks are increasingly common. Publishers are turning to digital publishing to save money, create innovative products, and stem the tide of students and educators turning to alternatives.
Indeed, it seems innovation is coming both from publishers and students, and is yet another sign of change in today’s publishing industry.
Read the full article at: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/article/2016/08/28/textbook-publishing/