Content-type: text/html Downes.ca ~ Stephen's Web ~ Outrage Over a University's $999 Online Textbook

Stephen Downes

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More grist for the "hatred of publishers and the universities that enable them" mill. As if the bookstore price of $253.25 (plus a homework packet costing $59.75) wasn't bad enough, the online-only version of the test is a shade under $1000. The university says that the problem is that they didn't explain it well enough. "The university posted an explanation on its Twitter account saying the $999 price tag was set with 'good intentions' but adding, 'We realize now we needed to explain the rationale behind it better.'" I am at a loss to comprehend what "good intentions" would price a simple textbook beyond reason.

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