Originally Posted by Steve Jordan
Well, what do you think all that printed paper is going to cost? Any student who falls into that hole will pay more in the long run than the (fair) cost of an e-book.
Not necessarily. Lots of schools charge mandatory Technology Fees that include "free" printing at libraries on campus. So as long as my wifi connection to the library intranet was decent, I could print huge journal articles from online catalogs that my fees paid for, as long as I was willing to wait at the printer. That was a heck of a lot easier than digging in the stacks for the same journals, and then photo-copying, which I did in undergrad. And this was all legal as per the universities licensing.
It would probably be just as easy to do with cracked textbooks.