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  (Source: maxupdates.tv)
Thanks to two new bills, there is financial relief at last

Whether you're racking up tuition fees now or still paying student loans after graduation, you know one thing is for sure: College is expensive. To make matters worse, the spending doesn't end at a semester of classes -- there's books that need to be purchased as well, and they're worth more than a little bit of pocket change.

But if you're going to school in California, a bit of relief has finally come your way in the form of two bills: SB 1052 and SB 1053. 

Both bills, which were crafted by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), will allow California college students to download up to 50 core textbooks for free in the form of e-books. The e-books are for lower-division courses and are for classes at the University of California, California State University and California Community Colleges. 

More specifically, SB 1052 allows for the development of the e-books and the creation of the California Open Education Resources Council for e-book approvals. SB 1053 has developed the California Digital Open Source Library to store the new e-books. 

"Many students are paying more than $1,000 every year on their textbooks, sometimes having to choose between buying the books they need or paying for food and other living expenses," said Steinberg. 

The new e-book bills were signed by Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday. They are expected to go into effect starting in the 2013-14 school year. 

Digital textbooks are certainly becoming the new way of learning in institutions around the globe. This new form of educational offerings was further boosted by Apple earlier this year, who released iBooks 2 and iBooks Author that allow for the creation of digital textbooks and makes them available for purchase on the iPad. 

Source: CA.gov



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By The Raven on 10/2/2012 7:40:57 PM , Rating: 2
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Did you just compare the democratically elected president of the US to a middle eastern dictator? Did you just compare people fighting to gain their freedom with people fighting to keep people enslaved?

While it is not apples and apples you are oversimplifying it.
If half the country is willing to fight to the death over the wishes of the federal gov't it doesn't sound very democratic.
And what else would you call a president who attacks his own people? Sound like a dictator to me.

Again I am not saying Lincoln=Assad, but rather that the comparison is not as black and white as you put it.

And as far as fighting to keep people enslaved? They were fighting for their FREEDOM to use slaves. Which at the time was not such a disgusting idea as it is now and The North BTW was very happy to use all the products coming from the slaves. (Not to mention slavery was on its way out anyway.) Again, not to jump to the defense of slave owners but you are greatly oversimplifying.

Which way do you look at the abortion issue? Pro-life vs. Pro-death or Pro-choice vs. Anti-choice? Or maybe Pro-life vs. Anti-life or Pro-choice vs. Pro-vag police?


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