Electronic textbooks? U-M students may have lighter backpacks starting next fall

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Ann Arbor.com

The University of Michigan wants to move the majority of its introductory courses to electronic textbooks.

“The big, slick, pricey textbooks that get used in courses that draw hundreds and thousands of freshmen: There’s a huge profit being made there,” U-M Dean of Libraries Paul Courant told the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs on Monday. “Candidly, we want to go after those profits on behalf of our students.”

U-M is in the midst of negotiations with publishers and will begin an e-book pilot program in the fall.

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