University of Texas officials say they hope to relieve the high cost of student textbooks with a high-tech experiment--offering electronic textbooks--that they say could fundamentally change the industry, reports the Austin American-Statesman. Tentatively dubbed the e-book initiative, UT will pay for electronic copies of textbooks for students in certain classes, starting in the spring. The initiative treats the e-books, which students can download onto their computers, like software, for which UT pays a licensing fee. Initially, students in those classes will use the e-books for free. If the program--which campus and industry officials say has been tried at other schools--is...

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