CHE > Open Textbooks Could Help Students Financially and Academically

McKiernan, Gerard [LIB] gerrymck at IASTATE.EDU
Tue Jan 28 10:52:02 EST 2014

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As the price of college textbooks continues to increase, more students are opting to skip the books even if their grades suffer, a survey conducted by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group has found. In a report released on Monday, the group said open textbooks—written by faculty members, peer-reviewed, and available free online—could help make textbooks affordable again.

For the report, “Fixing the Broken Textbook Market,” more than 2,000 students at 156 college campuses in 33 states were surveyed during the fall of 2013. Sixty-five percent of the students said they were not buying all of their required textbooks because of the books’ cost, and 94 percent of those who didn’t buy the books reported being concerned about how that would affect their grades. About 48 percent said that the cost of textbooks had influenced their decisions about which and how many classes to take.

The research group estimates that each student could save about $100 per class by using open textbooks. Those are textbooks with open copyright licenses that are available free online, although students who want printed versions would pay modest fees.


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BTW:  I will be updating my   _OATs: Open Access Textbooks_ LibGuide over the coming months. While I will be conducting my own literature and web reviews, I would appreciate any/all relevant post-January 2013 articles / presentations / webinars / etc. for possible inclusion.

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Gerry McKiernan

Associate Professor
Science and Technology Librarian
Iowa State University
150 Parks Library
Ames IA 50011


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