A number of university professors are apparently fed up with ever-rising textbook prices and are now posting their tomes online in electronic formats, at no charge. This allows interesting opportunities such as letting teachers “mix and match their work with others’ to create a collection of material for students.” It also nicely solves alternate format issues for people who would have difficulty seeing, comprehending, or manipulating standard textbooks. Fingers crossed that there’s been an effort to follow good design practices such as having redundant descriptive text for graphics, which benefits blind scholars as well as starving students with low bandwidth.

NY Times: Don’t Buy That Textbook, Download It Free

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