Ohio college students will get a break on the price of textbooks through a newly negotiated agreement with an online retailer, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The 10-percent discount on electronic versions of textbooks is an attempt by state leaders to curb the pain being felt at college bookstores everywhere this time of year. Eric Fingerhut, Ohio’s chancellor of higher education, on Aug. 27 announced a deal with California-based CourseSmart to give a 10-percent discount to Ohio students. The deal is open to any student at a college or university with access to OhioLink, a consortium of university libraries and the State Library of Ohio. That means those enrolled at many private colleges and all public schools will benefit.
The catch to electronic versions of textbooks is that they are only available on a student’s computer for six months to a year, depending on the book. CourseSmart has security settings that only allow students to print 10 pages at a time, preventing an enterprising student from printing and reselling multiple copies…

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