The e-books will be available in 32 courses, including, communications, American government, math, management and finance at Cal State campuses in Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Long Beach, San Bernardino and San Francisco.
Students can sign up for the e-book class or the same class using printed texts. An estimated 4,000 students are expected to enroll in classes using the digital texts.
Students also will be able to print out the entire book at no extra cost, but only 10 pages at any one time, according to university officials. Publishers participating in the program include Bedford, Freeman & Worth, Cengage Learning, McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and John Wiley & Sons.
University officials said they plan to expand the program to more courses and additional schools in the 23-campus system in the spring after surveying students and faculty on its effectiveness.