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New Bill Marks Another Step Toward Lowering Textbook Costs in California

By Catherine Groux
Posted July 18, 2012 11:51 AM

California passed a bill aimed at reducing the cost of college textbooks.
California passed a bill aimed at reducing the cost of college textbooks.
California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a bill that will require publishers of college textbooks to explain the differences in new editions of their books, The Associated Press reports. In doing so, students and professors will better be able to determine whether they need to buy an expensive new edition or if they can simply use an older version.

The legislation was designed by Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett, who said she hopes it will reduce the hefty price of textbooks for college students.

"This legislation is one logical way to help lower the cost of textbooks so college students on tight budgets can stay in school," Corbett said in a press release. "The high cost of college textbooks now forces many students to choose between paying their utility bills or buying the materials they need for class, and that’s not the way it should be."

Still, this is not California's first step toward reducing the cost of college textbooks. In May, a package of bills expanding student access to free digital textbooks advanced to the state Senate, The Sacramento Bee reports. If passed, these bills would allow California students to access a free library of open-source course materials, rather than paying hundreds of dollars per semester on print textbooks.

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