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Liz Buffa
Noodle Expert Member

August 09, 2021

What's the worst part of being a college student? The horrible food, the long nights in the library? How about high-priced books?

Nature, the people behind Scientific American, and you guessed it, Nature, are now offering Principles of Biology, a low-cost, college-level, interactive web-based textbook. Building on the success of their free life-sciences learning community Scitable, the new textbook offers a variety of interactive features, such as quizzes, an online gradebook for professors, and more.

California State University has announced a three-year deal with Nature, where students on the Los Angeles, North Ridge, and Chico campuses will each have varying payment and licensing models, but 49 bucks gets any student a full edition starting September 1st. What's most notable is that this textbook will be continually updated with up-to-date content from Nature's editing team at no additional cost.

Furthermore, professors can edit the content, which includes 175 "interactive lessons," access to a database of research papers, and assessments for students. It can all be used on any device from a slate to a computer and even printed if you prefer scribing your notes with pen and paper.

$50 for a lifetime of up-to-date vetted content is a bargain, if you ask us. Find out more about Principles of Biology.