Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
Coverage of the sale of digital textbooks at the University of Oregon. Thus far, sales have been slow, partly because of the cost (though the article a bit misleadingly represents the cost as "well below the cost of a new paper text") and partly because of the DRM - the book can be copied to a computer only once and "With something this important, if my computer crashes then what do I do?" Though the article is relentlessly upbeat, you have to wonder when someone says "the success of this program was never about sales." If that's not a problem for a commercial product, I don't know what is.

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Last Updated: Jul 23, 2021 5:54 p.m.