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New Bill Marks Another Step Toward Lowering Textbook Costs in California

20 Jul

California Governor Jerry Brown lately confirmed a bill which will need publishers of university textbooks to give an explanation for the variations in new editions of their books, The Associated Press reports.

By doing this, scholars and professors will better be well placed to resolve whether they have to buy a pricey new edition or if they can simply use an older version. The law was designed by Senate Majority Leader Ellen M.  Corbett, who said she is hoping it’ll cut back the serious cost of textbooks for college kids.  “This legislation is one logical way to help in lowering the value of textbooks so college kids on tight budgets can stay in school,” Corbett related in a PR release.  “The serious price of varsity textbooks now forces many scholars to make a choice between paying their utility charges or purchasing the materials they want for class, and that isn’t the way that it should be.” Still, California passed a bill directed at reducing the price of university textbooks. This isn’t California’s most important step towards reducing the price of school textbooks.  In May, a package of bills expanding student access to free digital textbooks advanced to the state Senate, The Sacramento Bee reports.

If passed, these bills would permit California scholars to access a free library of open-source course materials, instead of paying loads of dollars per semester on textbooks.

 

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