The stance of the president on digital textbook was made very clear some time ago, when POTUS set a 5-year goal to introduce new digital books in classrooms across the country. It would seem there"s real progress being made on this front with two new laws coming out of California last week.
Bills SB 1052 and 1053, as they are affectionately known, will provide free digital textbooks to university students in California. The program includes "50 strategically selected lower division courses" and will be made available to all community college students in the state as well as students going to University of California and California State University.
On top of the digital textbooks the student can also purchase paperback copies for about $20 each. The program will debut for the 2013-2014 school year.
It"s good to see the state going all in with this initiative, as we already know digital textbooks seem to really be the way of the future. For example check out the success Apple"s iBooks are having in this department.
If any of you lives in California and will be taking advantage of this please let us know in the comments below.