Virtual books for sale in SUNY system

By Lombardo David
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The first two Open State University of New York textbooks are available on virtual bookshelves and can be utilized for free by English education majors and Introduction to Anthropology students.

According to a SUNY press release, these textbooks are an important part of Open SUNY's ability to expand access to online courses. The program is expected to be launched early next year and is supposed to have the most comprehensive distance-learning environment

"Open SUNY Textbooks will cut costs for our students while enhancing the quality of the textbooks used in some of SUNY's most popular electives and majors, while also allowing our faculty to reach a world-wide audience with their expert work," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher in a statement. "This program an exciting first-look into what Open SUNY will accomplish."

The first texts are "Literature, the Humanities and Humanity," by SUNY Fredonia Distinguished Teaching Professor Ted Steinberg, and "Native Peoples of North America," by SUNY Potsdam Professor of Anthropology Dr. Susan Stebbins.

Books can be purchased at the Open SUNY website.

SUNY associate provost for academic technologies and information services Carey Hatch said the digital textbooks are the future of the academic publishing world. In a statement, he added, "The average college student nationally spends $1,200 on textbooks per year, and Open SUNY Textbooks position us to cut those costs for our students while expanding their opportunities and options for completing their degree, which is still the most effective way to save students money."

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