Originally Posted by tomsem
However in the long term, I think 'open-source' eTextbooks and online resources will drive profits out of this equation, since production costs are essentially zero for everybody. Just as wikipedia has killed encyclopedia sales in all forms. I think it would lead to better, more current course material and help reduce cost of education, which I believe is in everyone's interest (except textbook publishers and retailers..).
Don't underestimate the cost of writing the damn things; there is an enormous amount of labor involved in the fact-checking alone.