Gov Gives Money for Free Online Textbook Project

The University of Illinois system has received federal money to create an open-access textbook to be used on its three campuses, as well as the state’s community colleges, and shared with colleges and universities around the country, said Charles V. Evans, the university’s assistant vice president for academic affairs. The project is financed by a $150,000 grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education that the system secured in May with the help of Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, Mr. Evans said.

I’m kind of surprised this hasn’t happened long before now. I’ve been wishing for the longest time that I could be reading my textbooks online and not carrying them around everywhere, and without having to remember a zillion login codes for the accessory sites the publishers host.

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