Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Coming to campus: E-books with expiration dates (C|Net.com)

By John Borland
Story last modified Tue Aug 09 11:26:00 PDT 2005

When students at Princeton University, the University of Utah and eight other colleges start combing their school bookstore shelves for fall semester textbooks, they'll find a new alternative to the hard-covered tomes they're used to buying.

Alongside the new and used versions of Dante's "Inferno" and "Essentials of Psychology" will be little cards offering 33 percent off if students decide to download a digital version of a text instead of buying a hard copy.

That's not a bad deal for a cash-strapped student facing book bills in the hundreds of dollars. But there are trade-offs. The new digital textbook program imposes strict guidelines on how the books can be used, including locking the downloaded books to a single computer and setting a five-month expiration date, after which the book can't be read. (more...)

1 comment:

Righteousdude said...

I'd personally rather pay for the textbook... I don't like people (or computers) having that much control over my life.

Where do you draw annotations in the margins if it is computerized? That is one nice thing about having the "hard copy."

At least the textbooks you can buy used, have you thought of that before?