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Open-Source Textbooks Need to be Configurable (.PDF Download)

College textbook costs are high. The Maryland Open Source Textbook (MOST) Initiative (see figure) looks to reduce those expenses, but will it be enough? Being an engineer and programmer with a bit of web experience, I think it’s a valiant effort—but one that will fall short unless the delivery mechanism changes.

MOST was started back in 2013 as collaboration between the University System of Maryland Student Council (USMSC) and the System’s Center for Academic

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