I hate the politics of the PIRG octopus, but I agree with their call for open textbooks.

Open textbooks are high-quality college texts offered online under a license that allows free digital access and low-cost print options. Students can read the full text free online, download a printable PDF, or purchase a hard copy at a fraction of the cost of traditional books. Also, the “open” license typically gives instructors the flexibility to tailor the text to better fit a course by removing unneeded chapters or adding new material.

Open textbooks are one of many possible solutions, but we believe that they offer student consumers the best benefits. Therefore, we promote open textbooks to set the bar high for alternatives to expensive, traditional textbooks.

Which Williams class/professor will be the first to use an open textbook? (Previous discussion here.)

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