A lot of people have been talking about the huge savings in textbooks by going to an iPad/e-book model. This is great evidence that textbooks will only be as cheap as the publishers want them to be, and they'll only work on the e-reader of choice for as long as they want it to. I'm all for eliminating paper based books (just not an industry that can stand to exponentially grow over the next few decades), but anyone who thinks that books will be cheaper under the iPad/e-reader model is fooling themselves. You won't be able to buy used textbooks, you won't be able to sell your textbooks, you won't be able to give a textbook to a friend or younger sibling. Piracy will be rampant (as piracy is among the young who don't have a lot of money), and those of us who try and go the legitimate route will be paying for it.
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2/1/10 at 7:54am