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One of the primary drivers of the adoption of open educational resources is the need to improve textbook affordability. Greater affordability has been shown to correlate with improved student success. The cost of traditionally published ("closed-licensed" / "proprietary" / "All rights reserved") textbooks has risen far faster than the rate of inflation in recent years. Along with rising tuition, this creates significant challenges for students in getting access to core curricular materials (or getting them in a timely fashion).
For more information on the drivers of textbook costs and the concerns of public interest groups in this matter, go to: