CourseSmart To Launch E-Textbook Research Project just published an article on a new E-textbook research project launched by CourseSmart. Up to 20 educational institutions have beene invited to take part in the project, which tests a new business model for digital course materials.

The students will pay $275 or less for CourseSmart’s Subscription Pack, which lets students place up to 12 titles on their virtual bookshelf at any point during the semester. Faculty members will “receive free, unlimited access to CourseSmart’s entire catalog through the Faculty Instant Access (FIA) program,” according to the company. This comes to just $23 a book.

With more than 30,000 e-textbooks from 40 publishers it would seem that there is enough inventory for most core courses.

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