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August 28, 2014 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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OpenStax College Expands Its Textbook Catalog

OpenStax College, an initiative of Rice University, will use a $9.5 million grant from multiple donors to add 10 free college textbooks to its catalog by 2017.

“Our books are opening access to higher education for students who couldn’t otherwise afford it,” says Richard G. Baraniuk, OpenStax College’s founder and director. “We’ve already saved students millions of dollars, and thanks to the generosity of our philanthropic partners, we hope to save students more than $500 million by 2020.”

The peer-reviewed, free online, and low-cost print textbooks are used in almost 900 courses at community colleges, 4-year colleges, universities, and high schools.

Source: OpenStax College



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