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Art Teacher Fired After Refusing to Make Students Buy Unnecessary Books

An art school instructor refused to go along with his school's shady mandatory e-textbook policy and it looks like it cost him his job.

Ever plunked down big bucks for all the overpriced textbooks a professor says are mandatory, only to find that you didn't actually need to buy every one? It's a common scenario and most college students appreciate a teacher who's looking for ways to deliver a quality education without requiring them to make unnecessary book purchases. Unfortunately, in the case of Mike Tracy, a highly-regarded animator who'd been teaching at the Art Institute of California-Orange County for the past 11 years, refusing to make students buy an e-book they don't need may have cost him his job.

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College Students Would Give Up Sex for Digital Textbooks

They also say they'll eat mac-and-cheese for a whole month if they can go digital. (Yes, we're skeptical.)

Would you give up sex for an entire year in exchange for electronic textbooks? According to a new survey by education software company Kno, Inc., 70 percent of students say they'd prefer to have electronic books, and 25 percent say they're so tired of dragging around backpacks full of books that they'd willingly become celibate. For an entire year.

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South Korea's Making the Switch to Digital Textbooks

No more heavy backpacks. South Korea is investing $2 billion to develop digital textbooks for all schools by 2015.

When it comes to digital textbook adoption, it looks like Florida's turning into a global trendsetter. This spring the state passed a law mandating that schools make the switch to digital textbooks by 2015. Now South Korea's Education Ministry has announced that it's making a $2.4 billion investment that will enable all of that nation's schools to go digital by 2015.

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