Making book bags lighter with the click of a mouse.
It’s a nearly universal experience for new college students — the “sticker shock” from buying textbooks for their upcoming semester. (“I have to pay $75 for a used geology textbook? Are you kidding me!?!?”) But that reaction may be less prevalent in the future, thanks to the Open Textbook Library and a growing national network of institutions to support it. Spearheaded by David Ernst, chief information officer at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development and director of the school’s Center for Open Education, the Open Textbook Library marries two phenomena of modern technology. The first is