College textbooks go online, interactive

The textbook load is about to get lighter for some students at California State University, which has partnered with the Nature Publishing Group for an inexpensive, Web-based interactive textbook, Engadget reports.

"Principles of Biology," an introductory science text, will be available through a three-year deal between the school and the publisher. Starting Sept. 1, students at three Cal State campuses will be able to purchase full editions of the book, which can be used on most types of tablets and computers, for $49.

The book allows professors to edit the content and features a database of research papers, student assessment tools and interactive lessons. There's no word yet on whether the company will offer Web-based textbooks for any other courses.

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