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Many Indiana University (IU) students will see their textbook costs plummet starting in the spring 2012 semester after IU officials agreed to make low-cost electronic textbooks more available on the university’s eight campuses.

Four publishers signed licensing agreements Sept. 6 with IU that will offer eBooks that can read on a laptop or a computer tablet, such as the Apple iPad or Amazon Kindle, and a smartphone. And since college students overwhelmingly prefer traditional hardcover texts, the inexpensive...

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