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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.

Letter to
California Legislators and College Professors
California’s College students are paying too much for textbooks. While tuition and fees continue to rise, many students are still struggling with their most basic educational need, textbooks. But there is a solution that can provide relief NOW: Open Source Textbooks.

College students can expect to pay $1137 a year on textbooks alone. That’s 21% of tuition at a CSU, 11% of tuition at a UC, and close to one-and-a-half times the tuition for California’s community colleges. It’s not surprising that seven out of 10 students have admitted to not buying a textbook due to cost. This is unacceptable.

California Senate President pro tem Darrell Steinberg has announced legislation for the state of California to produce the state's first high quality, low-cost, open source textbooks for 50 core undergraduate courses. These texts will be professionally developed by professors themselves, peer reviewed, supported by the latest technology, and available for students to download FREE or print for under $20.

It’s time to make a change that can impact students NOW. It’s time to look beyond the publishers and their immense profits. By signing this petition, I am urging you to show your support of this legislation, urge your professors to adopt open source books and provide relief to struggling students NOW. Senator Steinberg is doing his part, now it’s time for you to do yours.


Kelsey McQuaid started this petition with a single signature, and now has 370 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.