U. of Texas Students Will Get E-Textbooks Instead of Paper Ones

Starting this coming spring, the University of Texas at Austin will buy e-textbooks as part of an experiment to help students save money.

“If the program, which campus and industry officials say has been tried at other schools, is successful, students would pay $25 to $40 a book in licensing fees,” reports the Austin American-Statesman, but the costs for the university will be much, much higher.

“Courses in chemistry, biochemistry, marketing and accounting will use e-textbooks in the pilot program, which could cost $300,000 to $400,000 for an academic year and include about 1,000 students during the 2009-10 school year.” —Scott Carlson

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