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University Plans For Switch To Digital Textbooks

Junior Kevin Green follows the lecture using his E-Textbook.
Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross/KCUR.
Junior Kevin Green follows the lecture using his E-Textbook.


Kansas City, MO – This week, Governor Jay Nixon announced that he would maintain funding for Missouri's universities at 2008 levels - if they agreed not to raise tuition on students. Some lawmakers said the Governor wasn't in a position to strike that bargain, but regardless of the funding that comes through, state universities and colleges are looking to cut costs.

And along those lines, Northwest Missouri State University is developing an idea that has caught the attention of other schools, and the book public industry. They're looking to eliminate paper-and-ink textbooks in favor of digital versions, which can be read off of a computer or E-Reader. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross visited the campus last week to talk to President Dean Hubbard, who spearheaded the program, and to see how it's working.

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Sylvia Maria Gross is storytelling editor at KCUR 89.3. Reach her on Twitter @pubradiosly.
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