The affordability of, and accessibility to, lower cost course resources such as textbooks and supplementary materials in higher education is a growing concern in the United States. Currently, the process of textbook adoption has been left mostly unregulated at the federal, state, and university levels (Hill, 2015). In traditional settings, ultimately, the university selects the required textbooks and students are required to purchase them. In economic theory, this is referred to as the Principal Agent Problem.
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Bennett, P. (2017). E-Textbooks: Making Course Resources More Accessible and Affordable. Retrieved from https://fuse.franklin.edu/i4blog/27