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Open Source Gets an "A" Grade at UniversityReaders

May 27, 2008, 11:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

"When Bassim Hamadeh was a student at the University of California, San Diego, he experienced firsthand the challenge of procuring the right textbooks for his classes. 'They were high-priced, poor quality custom textbooks,' Hamadeh says. So he started planning a business that would make it easier for professors to create and publish high-quality custom texts, and provide those materials to students at an affordable price. Since its launch in 1992, Hamadeh has been running UniversityReaders on open source software.

"College textbooks are big business for book publishers and sometimes, much to the dismay of students, for professors. Often, what students end up with is an expensive mish-mash of 'required' documents, study guides, and CDs that often go unused..."

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