Universities test buying e-books in bulk 19 Jan 12

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Big Ten campuses in Wisconsin and Minnesota, along with four other major universities, will experiment with buying electronic textbooks in bulk.

The universities will pool their buying power and negotiate discounted prices from the textbook companies. Educators say it could help reduce the high cost of textbooks and bring e textbooks into the mainstream.

University of Wisconsin-Madison students in five courses will get the e-textbooks for free this semester as part of the pilot project. Students at the Madison campus spend an average of about $1,140 on books and supplies per year. The State Journal says the pilot project is led by Internet2, a higher education research network.

The others participating schools are the University of California at Berkeley, University of Virginia, Cornell University and Ohio State University.

Information from: Wisconsin State Journal

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