I’m sure you guys have seen the Ars Technica story about online sharing of textbooks via BitTorrent.

Surely this development cannot have been a surprise to anyone. It’s pretty well understood that one of the major reasons college students pirate music is because major-label music is overpriced and of generally low quality. Multiply that disparity by a thousand and you might begin to approach the price-to-quality ratio of textbooks; add to that the fact that a textbook loses 100% of its value within a year or two, and it’s no wonder students are eager to find some other way.

A generation from now, will there be any such thing as college textbooks as we know them today? I wouldn’t put money on it.

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