University of Minnesota to join e-book bulk purchase pilot project

A little purchasing leverage, perhaps?

UW-Madison spokesman Brian Rust tells the Wisconsin State Journal why Madison and five other universities — including the University of Minnesota — are buying electronic textbooks in bulk to lower prices in a pilot project starting this semester:

“We’re hoping it will not only make texts more accessible in terms of being on a number of different devices, but also more accessible financially.”

Madison will start with a small sample — books for five courses serving about 600 students.

You can read the full piece here, but I’ll try to get some local details.