[caption id="attachment_57643" align="alignleft" width="150"] Students are going without required textbooks because of rising prices.[/caption]

The open-source online textbook publisher OpenStax College, which claims it could save students upwards of $750 million in textbook costs over the next five years, announced this week that their open-source books would cut textbook costs by $3.7 million during the 2013-14 academic year.

OpenStax College, a nonprofit based at Rice University, said adoption of its online textbooks had doubled since May, with more than 300 educational institutions worldwide using the open-source textbooks -- an alternative that technologists have seen...

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