Student Public Interest Groups Lobby for Open Source Textbooks

An article in Inside Higher Education today discusses the Student PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) call to action for open textbook solutions.  It’s an interesting piece, demonstrating the need for cheaper textbook alternatives and the lack of faculty interest in open access books due to lack of quality and reliability.  The author compares the situation to health care stating, “Student PIRGs’ pushing for a plurality of professors to adopt open textbooks is like a health care lobbyist pushing for a plurality of doctors to adopt herbal medicine: interesting, maybe even compelling with the right evidence, but ultimately impractical.”