Legislation is being proposed to reduce the cost of College textbooks in California.
Senate leader Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento is pushing for legislation that will lower the cost of Textbooks to $20 and to create an Online Digital Source Library that would be free for students and teachers according to an article in the Capital Journal.
The average cost of textbooks today is $104 which is a 24 percent increase from just 5-years prior. A full time student can spend upwards of $1,100 per semester just on textbooks.
The legislation that Steinberg plans to introduce will mandate that text book materials be housed on an online repository that is freely available to faculty and students, and that printed versions of the material cost around $20.