College students and instructors are rushing to adopt the first free
textbooks from upstart publisher OpenStax College. The Rice
University-based publisher said it expects to save students at least $1
million this fall after 13,000 of its physics and sociology textbooks
were ordered or downloaded in their first 10 weeks on the market.
“Our first two titles will save students more money in one semester than they cost to develop,” said Rice engineering professor Richard Baraniuk,
OpenStax College’s founder and director. “We’re well on our way to our
five-year goal of saving 1 million college students $95 million.”
OpenStax College launched in February with a philanthropic model to offer free textbooks
for the most heavily attended college courses in the nation. Baraniuk
said more than 50,000 online users have viewed the first two titles — College Physics and Introduction to Sociology
— since they were published in June. The books also have been
downloaded nearly 7,000 times, and instructors at 55 colleges have
adopted the books for fall classes.
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