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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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Downloading College Textbook Chapters Could Make College More Affordable

Only need to read two chapters in the $90 textbook? What if you could download each for $3.99?

The first quarter of my freshman year of college, I bought every book my professors listed as required reading—and it cost me over $800. A few weeks into classes, like many of my peers, I was dismayed to discover that despite spending all that money on entire texts, professors often only assigned two or three chapters from each book. That problem hasn't gone away. Students are still routinely expected to buy entire college textbooks that they only need a portion of. But now publishers are proposing an intriguing solution, and they're looking at iTunes as a model.

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