“The B.C. government is offering free online textbooks for post-secondary students who are taking the 40 most popular courses.
Advanced Education Minister John Yap says up to 200,000 students could save money next year”.
That’s a lot like the FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) ecosystem for software. Invest ~$1million per annum in generating on-line textbooks and save students ~$200 million per annum in expense. It lowers the cost of education. So does FLOSS. Invest a little in installing FLOSS and get all the benefits for very little. Organizations as large as governments could invest in generating FLOSS as well as free textbooks.