In previous posts, we’ve talked about the disruption of higher education, through initiatives such as massive open online courses (MOOCs) that deliver world-class education to students of all ages across the globe, at little or no charge. We’ve also talked about the disruption of the publishing industry, and the movement from print to digital. In between those two worlds has been the college textbook industry, which also now appears ripe for disruption.
That’s the observation of Slate’s Kevin Carey, who provides details on the emerging “Open Educational Resources” movement, responsible in recent years for the provisioning of “high-quality texts, videos, charts, problem sets, and other useful content in a huge array of subjects,” contributed by advocates of open education as well as college professors themselves. A new site, Boundless.com, has been launched to help curate the large database of items now available online to students, learners and educators.
Books are a huge expense when you are attending college. What makes it worse is that the farther you go in your education, the more expensive they are especially the ones for your major.
I know, at least, one university offers used books, but many times they are not in the major you are looking for.
I think there probably should be a cost for those specialized books, but I also think $400-$500 per book is somewhat excessive.