If information wants to be free, why are textbooks so expensive?

Stars and Stripes, Justice Dept. Washington, D.C.  Photo © 2007 Scott Hanley

The motivating concept of College American Government on-line is that American Government textbooks cost students more than they are worth, and that the web’s utility for low-cost dissemination of information makes it an ideal medium for a textbook alternative.

The Goals for this website are to:


  1.  Reduce the Cost of Education with a Free Textbook Alternative


  1.  Provide More Focused and More Readable Content


  1.  Emphasize Generally Applicable Political Science Concepts in a Problem-Centered Approach


  1.  Offer Collaborative, High-Quality, Free, Ungated, Redistributable Resource