Affordable Textbooks Now!
  • Petitioned California Legislators and College Professors

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California Legislators and College Professors

Affordable Textbooks Now!

    1. Petition by

      Kelsey McQuaid

      Davis, CA

College students are paying way too much for basic textbooks. California Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is introducing legislation that will support the creation of open source textbooks for the most common lower division classes. These books will be free online or you will be able to print them for about $20.

But even with this groundbreaking legislation, students won't benefit until professors and instructors adopt these new books. That's why we need your help to urge professors around the state to choose affordable open source books instead of the big-profit publishing versions.

By signing this petition you are telling your legislators to vote yes on these bills for a more affordable higher education for you and your family. At the same time you’re urging professors to choose more affordable textbooks, saving hard working California students and their families more than one billion dollars every year in textbooks costs.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Nolan Podbielski ROSEVILLE, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      These publication companies are right up there with big tobacco and big banks

    • Michael Cary ORLAND, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am an educator, from a family of educators.

      This is the future and California must lead the way.

    • Jeff Wilson SACRAMENTO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Stop the extortion! Students are often forced to buy "newer" editions that have only nominal changes simply to wipe out the used-book competition and keep prices artificially high. When publishers can't compete in the private market due to ebooks there's no reason they should be allowed to monopolize the educational market with old media. Can everyone think "Wiki"?

    • Jessica Vaughn FORTUNA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I attending classes at CR and when it was time for me to buy the books I couldn't believe the price of a textbook was not everyone can afford 200.00 for a book that you will probably only use 1 semester.

    • Jiri Lebl MADISON, WI
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am a college professor and I use free textbooks whenever I can. I wrote two freely available undergraduate textbooks too: and


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