Wednesday, May 30, 2012

California Bill Creating Online Library of Free Textbooks Advances

A package of bills aimed at expanding access to free digital textbooks for California college students advanced in the state Senate today.

The bills, by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, would create an online library of open-source course materials for use at California's public colleges and universities. Students could purchase a hard copy of the texts for about $20.

Steinberg says his measure is meant to lower the financial burden for students who can now pay $200 or more for a single book. Using an "Open Education Resources" system, he said on the floor today, would provide students with the "highest quality textbook at a fraction of the cost."


Senate Bill 1052 starts the process of developing open-source college course materials for the 50 most widely taken lower division courses. A panel of faculty members from the University of California, California State University and California Community Colleges systems would be tasked with selecting the courses and launching a competitive bid process for contracts to produce the open-source course materials..

The bill was approved with bipartisan support, by a vote of 32-2. A companion measure creating the digital library for the materials also cleared the Senate, 33-2.  Both bills now advance to the Assembly.



  1. Textbooks are too important to be left to academics alone. Ideally, they should be the creation of a team of experienced nursery teachers and child psychologists, based on extensive research and understanding of the needs and capabilities of the children of India and presented in a simple, interesting style and covering the entire gamut of related subjects.

  2. Good one. Very interesting and put together really well.


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