View Full Version : Textbook File-Sharers causing Grief for Publishers?


Colin Dunstan
09-21-2004, 05:26 AM
On the one hand, you have the publishers. They want stiffer copyright laws since they fear that a growing number of students are skirting the exaggerated charges of textbooks by illegally downloading pirated copies from the web.

On the other hand, you have the book industry critics. They say that publishers are simply attempting to justify escalating book prices and trying to clamp down on the distribution of information.

Canada.com wrote a stimulating article (http://www.canada.com/components/printstory/printstory4.aspx?id=1fe3d6e7-0803-4972-8b47-81d5e149ce36) this week, discussing this controvery between file sharers and publishers.

Who knows, perhaps the next thing will be textbook publishers going after libraries for "sharing" books for free...

hacker
09-21-2004, 02:34 PM
There's always WikiBooks (http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Main_Page), if you want restriction-free textbooks.. From their page:We are developing free (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/gratis), open content (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/open_content) textbooks, manuals and other texts. We currently have around 120 textbooks in various stages of development, of which every page is open to your help section (http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Help:Contents) or the study help desk (http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Study_help_desk). revision and addition. Look at the community section on the right below to learn about the wikibooks community, or browse the bookshelves down on the left. If you need help with Wikibooks, visit the help section (http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Help:Contents) or the study help desk (http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Study_help_desk).