Any professor who has written a textbook knows that it’s usually more a labor of love than a profitable venture.
Yet the average college student at a four-year public school spends over
$1,000 on textbooks every year, according to the College Board. The Saylor Foundation believes these high costs are greatly impacting students’ access to education—with a reported 7 of 10 students who have avoided buying a textbook simply because of its cost.
So they’re offering $20,000 to professors and other textbook rights-holders, in exchange for setting certain textbooks free with a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC-BY) license.
The rest of us can get $250 just for posting a link to the challenge.