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Stephen Downes

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I've written before about something called 'inclusive access' whereby publishers set up a deal with universities to charge for textbooks as a part of tuition costs, thereby forcing every student to buy a copy (instead of, say, sharing one copy with each other, or buying used). This discussion thread points to an initiative by the US government to disallow this model. As Nicole Allen writes, "the Department has proposed eliminating the books and supplies provision due to concerns over transparency and student choice—concerns which have long been echoed by student and consumer advocates." I like this because it highlights some good work being undertaken by groups like SPARC in the background with little fanfare or applause, but getting good results like this.

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