From the press release:
The Digital Marketplace, an initiative of the California State University Office of the Chancellor, announced plans today to launch a digital textbook pilot this fall using the VitalSource digital content delivery platform.Starting in the fall 2010 semester, the pilot is planned to begin at San Diego State University and will be implemented through the university bookstore. Students will receive their content through the Aztec Bookstore portal, and will access their e-textbook titles through the industry-leading VitalSource Bookshelf® software.
ABOUT THE DIGITAL MARKETPLACE The Digital Marketplace is an innovative one-stop-shopping platform for the discovery, selection, authoring and acquisition of digital course materials. Priorities include improving faculty and student choice, improving accessibility of materials, and significantly reducing the cost of course materials. For more information, visit www.dmproject.org.
Well, this is unfortunate. California is pioneering the use of free digital textbooks on the high school level. I was hoping that program would be expanded to include college level textbooks as well.