Navigation Links
OpenStax College's free textbooks will save students $1 million this fall
Date:8/14/2012

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.

Dean Florez, president of 20 Million Minds Foundation, one of OpenStax College's philanthropic partners, said, "As a foundation, we are impressed by OpenStax College's immediate impact on the market. Our mission is to provide immediate relief for students who are being saddled with $1 trillion in educational debt. We are extremely encouraged too see how rapidly faculty are embracing this solution for the benefit of their students."

OpenStax College Editor-in-Chief David Harris said new orders from college bookstores are coming in daily. He said students and instructors are also flocking to the titles online; College Physics is averaging more than 1,000 views per day, and more than 10,000 users have viewed Introduction to Sociology.

"The response has been phenomenal, especially when you consider that these two books were published less than three months ago," said Harris, a 22
'/>"/>

Contact: David Ruth
david@rice.edu
713-348-6327
Rice University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Grant to allow graduate students to research water quantity and quality improvement
2. Wholly water -- students and scientists gather at NTU to discuss water problem
3. Rice students work on weighty problem for doctors
4. New study published on fertility awareness among American university students
5. College students work to sterilize air, kill pathogens on buses
6. 5 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships awarded to UH students, alumna
7. The Johns Hopkins Center for Inherited Disease Research receives $101 million
8. Using millions of years of cell evolution in the fight against cancer
9. NYU College of Nursings Dr. Anastasi awarded $2.5 million from NIH to study IBS symptom management
10. OU research group awarded $9.7 million NIH CoBRE grant in structural biology
11. $3.2 million to develop battery management system for electric-car batteries
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/11/2015)... Today, ZUK announced its Android smartphone Z1, featuring FPC,s touch ... 2015 that relate to sales of FPC1155 for this smartphone model ... for 2015. Jörgen Lantto, CEO of FPC, comments: " ... manufacturer in China and we are proud ... for Z1 , its first ...
(Date:8/10/2015)... The latest 364 page report from ... the global border security market . Visiongain ... 2015. Now: Border security is hard to achieve ... business critical issue you need to know about - and ... analysis of how this will impact your company and the ...
(Date:8/6/2015)... TELTOW, Germany , August 6, 2015 ... SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) shows the world,s first ... based on Epson,s Moverio BT-200 see-through head mounted ... this new solution, unprecedented quality and efficiency is brought ... context-sensitive displays. For the first time, professionals and researchers ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):FPC's Touch Fingerprint Sensor FPC1155 in ZUK's Smartphone Z1 2Border Security Market Report 2015-2025 - Growth in Biometrics, ICT, Manned and Unmanned Vehicles, and Perimeter Surveillance 2Border Security Market Report 2015-2025 - Growth in Biometrics, ICT, Manned and Unmanned Vehicles, and Perimeter Surveillance 3Border Security Market Report 2015-2025 - Growth in Biometrics, ICT, Manned and Unmanned Vehicles, and Perimeter Surveillance 4Border Security Market Report 2015-2025 - Growth in Biometrics, ICT, Manned and Unmanned Vehicles, and Perimeter Surveillance 5Border Security Market Report 2015-2025 - Growth in Biometrics, ICT, Manned and Unmanned Vehicles, and Perimeter Surveillance 6Border Security Market Report 2015-2025 - Growth in Biometrics, ICT, Manned and Unmanned Vehicles, and Perimeter Surveillance 7Border Security Market Report 2015-2025 - Growth in Biometrics, ICT, Manned and Unmanned Vehicles, and Perimeter Surveillance 8Border Security Market Report 2015-2025 - Growth in Biometrics, ICT, Manned and Unmanned Vehicles, and Perimeter Surveillance 9SMI Shows First Eye Tracking Upgrade for Augmented Reality Glasses 2SMI Shows First Eye Tracking Upgrade for Augmented Reality Glasses 3
... Conservation Biology annual meetings, in Brasília, Brazil, the Woods ... da Amazonia (IPAM) will hold an international symposium on ... the Amazon Basin. , This region has entered a ... industries driving deforestation (cattle ranching and soybean farming) are ...
... available online) of Nature Genetics establishes a model ... cells in the human body determine their own ... associate professor of pediatrics and of medical and ... Medicine, investigated the interaction of proteins responsible for ...
... you being in a car wreck or being bitten by a ... a free trip to the beach. It's really no contest, says ... wreck are far greater than being a shark's lunch, says John ... sharks for years. , Worldwide, about one million people a year ...
Cached Biology News:Determining The Fate Of Cells In The Human Body 2Shark attack worries? Driving to the beach is more deadly 2
(Date:9/2/2015)... 2015 Research and Markets ... PharmaBiotech,s new report "Gene Therapy - Technologies, Markets ... markets for gene therapy are difficult to estimate as ... it is marketed in China ... years 2014-2024. The estimates are based on epidemiology of ...
(Date:9/2/2015)... , ... September 02, 2015 , ... ... of botanical and plant-derived compounds. BCC Research reveals in its new report ... because this market defines the category and generates the most market demand. ...
(Date:9/2/2015)... 2, 2015 Aytu BioScience, Inc. (OTCQB: AYTU), ... urological and related conditions, announced today that it has ... convertible note financing, raising a total of $5.175 million, ... million. Josh Disbrow , Chief ... placement are intended to be used to conduct clinical ...
(Date:9/2/2015)... , September 2, 2015 BiondVax ... of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), ... the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to launch ... the United States in the 2015-16 timeframe. ... vaccine candidate, Multimeric-001 (M-001), as a primer vaccine, which would ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Global Gene Therapy Market Study 2015-2024 - Technologies, Markets and Companies Analysis 2Plant-derived Compounds Poised to Assume Greater Role in Global Drug Markets, According to BCC Research 2Plant-derived Compounds Poised to Assume Greater Role in Global Drug Markets, According to BCC Research 3Aytu BioScience Completes $5.175 Million Private Placement 2Aytu BioScience Completes $5.175 Million Private Placement 3BiondVax Announces Intent to Launch a Phase 2 Trial in the United States in Collaboration with the U.S. National Institutes of Health 2BiondVax Announces Intent to Launch a Phase 2 Trial in the United States in Collaboration with the U.S. National Institutes of Health 3
... system for boats and recreational vehicles. Think about a ... hikers, campers and sportsmen. Consider a company that produces ... for cows, which, in turn, is better for farmers. ... welcome to the third annual Governor's Business Plan Contest. ...
... have stepped forward in an attempt to prevent a young ... state, but outside investors are still in the picture. , ... will meet with four prospective Wisconsin investors on May 18 ... in Green Bay. Those meetings will precede talks with investors ...
... The first embryonic stem cells were isolated in mice in ... derive stem cells from human embryos. That kicked into full ... a look at key moments in the controversy so far: ... of Wisconsin isolate the first embryonic stem cells in ...
Cached Biology Technology:Business plan contest finalists reflect state's economic character 2Business plan contest finalists reflect state's economic character 3Wisconsin investors will make their pitch to IPIC 2A brief timeline of the stem cell debate 2A brief timeline of the stem cell debate 3A brief timeline of the stem cell debate 4A brief timeline of the stem cell debate 5A brief timeline of the stem cell debate 6