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"The course materials will be available to any college that wants to use them around the world, as long as they promise to not charge students more than $30 to get printed copies of the materials. Students who choose to use the books online and not get a hard copy can use them for free. Either way, students will potentially save hundreds of dollars a course.

"The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges estimates the program could save students more than $1 million this school year if just the course designers use the nearly free books. If instructors across the state offering classes from U.S. history to statistics adopt the books, it could save students tens of millions of dollars.

"Michael Kenyon, a math instructor at Green River Community College, said he is using the open source materials for a pre-calculus course this fall. His college compared the nearly free textbook with others on the market and decided the quality was similar and the price was much better."

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