University of Illinois professor helping students save money on textbooks

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CHAMPAIGN - One University of Illinois professor is helping students save money on their textbooks.

UI School of Earth, Society and Environment Associate Director Jonathan Tomkin says it's difficult to find textbooks that cost less than $100.  In response, Tomkin partnered with other educators to write their own book, titled "Sustainability: A Comprehensive History," and make it available online for free.

Tomkin says he's an advocate of open-source textbooks, citing that the books are usually high-quality products and help students save money.  The open-source books also have the support of students, including the Illinois Student Senate, which approved a resolution that would ask the university to offer incentives to educators who use open-source textbooks.
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