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Legislation would require ebook alternative to college textbooks

Written by Radio Pennsylvania | Apr 23, 2016 9:28 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Proposed legislation is aimed at reducing some of the cost of a college education. 

Western Pennsylvania Representative Robert Matzie says he will introduce a bill requiring publishers to offer a digital equivalent of any college textbook sold in Pennsylvania.

"I believe that post-secondary education should be made more affordable and this could be one step to do so by taking advantage of  innovations in information technology.  This is a bill that's been around off and on over the course of the last ten years," he said.

Matzie says an estimated 90 percent of college students have access to a laptop computer or mobile device, and along with the cost savings, his bill would also allow academic materials through devices most students already use.  

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