Time to change rules on textbooks

Rory McGreal, Calgary Herald, Oct 22, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Rory McGreal takes the cost-savings inherent in web technology to the street, with this article in the Calgary Herald. "Electronic resources are infinitely reproducible at virtually no cost. So why pay for anything more than once? Why do our cash-strapped school boards and provincial government continue to pay over and over again for the same resources either for the physical copies or through licensing? This becomes a recurring cost, a cost we can no longer afford to pay. It is, indeed, a vast waste of taxpayer's money. One copy is enough." Now no doubt, just like the health insurers, the publishers will wield their strong lobby to keep us paying and paying. But we can't afford to subsidize billionaires any more.
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