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License Textbooks Like Software To Reduce Costs

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Forcing students to buy textbooks is silly. Roll it into tuition. He's a great analogy.

"Entering college students and their parents have been warned: textbooks are outrageously expensive. Yet there is a way to lighten the load for students in their budgets. The system could be much improved if, first of all, colleges and publishers would acknowledge that textbooks are more akin to computer software than to trade books. A textbook’s value, like that of a software program, is not in its physical form, but rather in its intellectual content. Therefore, just as software companies typically “site license” to colleges, so should textbook publishers."

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