Heaven knows, *I* certainly haven’t ever needed a textbook once the term ended……… Scarily, once again Richard Stallman foresees a problem (The Right To Read)
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.
[...] “As long as people have the choice (of printed books), it’s not such a dangerous move,” said Fred von Lohmann, an attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a group that has been critical of efforts to copy-protect academic works. “The real question is how long before publishers stop printing on paper. There is no doubt that publishers would like to move to a world where there is no used market for textbooks.”
Slashdot: Textbooks With EULAs