If you are a college student and the high cost of college books has been bothering you, there seems a solution is in sight if the initiative taken by the California State University comes to fruition. This fall, students can look forward to ‘web-based textbooks‘ that will not only be a lot cheaper than their paper counterparts, but can also turn out to be more advantageous with interactive aspects as well as special access options to appeal to those with disabilities. All of this coming from a recent tie-up between the CSU and the Nature Publication Group, which can well inspire many such ventures in future.
What’s more, professors will also have the ability to edit these books from time to time. The first textbook is expected to make its debut on the 1st of September, and will be the book on Biology titled “Principles of Biology.” The book will include 175 chapters and will also include links to research papers as well as assignments for students. Those in the Los Angeles, Northridge, and Chico campuses of the CSU will have the option of “varying payment and licensing models,” though its likely for the books to be available for around 49 bucks at the most.
Another aspect of the entire project that will also be to the liking of the student community is that the books will be compatible for reading on both desktop computers as well as tablet like devices, the popularity of which is increasing by the day in the education segment.
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