At the University of Maryland, students are pushing for professors to use open-source materials and textbooks, which are published for free online, instead of traditional books, which come with high price tags. A group of students calling themselves the Textbook Affordability Coalition marked Halloween by creating a textbook graveyard.  The students are also planning an event in the spring to showcase alternatives to costly print textbooks. They also plan to meet with professors to persuade them to choose alternatives to textbooks put out by major publishers. In addition, professors who write textbooks are being urged to publish them through open source publishers. However, many professors prefer to go the way of the major publishers, as this is looked at more favorably by tenure committees. Read the entire article here.

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