By Mr. Walsh of Lynn, petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1200) of Steven M. Walsh and others relative to the production and pricing of textbooks for public institutions of higher education. Higher Education.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PETITION OF:

 


Steven M. Walsh

Peter V. Kocot

Mark C. Montigny

Timothy J. Toomey, Jr.

Steven J. D'Amico

Denis E. Guyer

John P. Fresolo

Stephen R. Canessa

Lida E. Harkins

Mary E. Grant

Kathi-Anne Reinstein

David M. Nangle

Christopher J. Donelan

Denise Provost

James E. Timilty

Christine E. Canavan

Jennifer M. Callahan

 

 


 

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In the Year Two Thousand and Seven.

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An Act relative to the production and pricing of college textbooks.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:


 

Chapter 15A of the Massachusetts General Laws, Official 2004 Edition, is hereby amended by inserting in Section 10 the following definitions:-

撤roducts includes all different versions of a particular textbook or set of textbooks in a particular subject area, including, but not limited to supplemental items, workbooks, and CD-ROMs, both when sold together and separately from a textbook.

釘undled Textbook shall mean a textbook offered for sale in combination with additional related products.

 

Said Chapter 15A is hereby amended by inserting after section 31 the following section:-

Section 31A. Provide High Quality Products That Are Affordable

(a) Any entity that sells textbooks and related products to a college or university in the Commonwealth shall provide prospective purchasers of their products a complete list of all of the company痴 products, wholesale price, and estimated length of time that the publisher intends to keep the product on the market.  This list shall be provided at the start of any sales interaction, whether it be in person, by phone, or electronically.  This list must also be made available in an easy to locate section on the company痴 website and generally be easily accessible by any member of the public.   

(b) Any entity that sells textbooks and related products to a college or university in the Commonwealth that offers bundled textbooks with other products must also offer the option of buying the textbook and each of the individual products separately. 

(c) Any entity that sells textbook and related products to a college or university in the Commonwealth shall disclose to end users of such textbooks, including college faculty and students, information indicating the availability and cost of the textbook when purchased separately from such textbook bundle. The publisher shall include this disclosure in all printed, electronic, and verbal communications to faculty and students regarding availability of the textbook for purchase and use.