Textbook prices have risen steadily over the past two decades to the point where the average student now pays $900 a year, an expense that typically isn't covered by financial aid. But come September, publishing upstart Flat World Knowledge will offer a much more appealing price point, reports Time magazine: Its books will be free. The firm, based in Nyack, N.Y., launched a pilot project July 14 to supply four business and economics textbooks online at no charge to several hundred undergraduates on at least 15 campuses nationwide. By giving away content through the web, Flat World aims to upend


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