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Remix textbooks by Pearson

The eLangdell initiative by CALI/Berkman seeks to enable law professors to create and remix educational materials into cost-effective coursepacks. Looks like Pearson is trying to launch the same idea in the college textbook market. The pilot seems to be running at Rio Salado, AZ: To Cut Textbook Costs, They’re Printing Their Own.

Interestingly, the cost savings (as one commenter points out) is only 50% over the original. I’m actually surprised that they’re cutting the costs by that much — the name of their game, after all, is still profit. If eLangdell ever marches into casebooks proper, I should hope that as a nonprofit institution we’ll be offering much steeper savings.

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