Originally Posted by zerospinboson
Although 10c/page is hardly "cost". Wonder why they need to make a profit on that too.
Students don't have to pay for copyright fees where these readers are concerned then? I find that makes up most of the cost of the readers here.
I'm not sure what you're getting at otherwise though. Most courses (undergrad) only use one book, or perhaps sections from 2, but hardly ever two at the same time, as critical reading only seems to start at the upper end of the degree. Anyway, printing doesn't have to cost anywhere near 10c/page. That figure seems more of a deterrent than a realistic amount.
No, there is no copyright fee as far as I understand. The printers say the fee for the course reader is the printing and labour fee. That's all. I don't know where you're based in but in the U.S. where I'm based in, there is freedom to copy within copyright laws which means for educational purposes and also not to copy complete books. Readers produced are usually articles (which can be copy in whole) or chapters and portions from books. No copyright fee. Where copyright does become more of a hassle in my situation is when the book itself has photographs that I'm reproducing. In those cases, the printer needs extra time to contact the publisher who then contacts whoever holds the copyright to the photograph to ask for permission to reproduce the photograph.
I don't know why the university charges 10 cents per page but that's what they do if you use their university printers. Faculty don't get charged when using department printers which is not under the university system.
At your university, undergraduates use only about one book per course? Or perhaps I'm misunderstanding? For any one day, students at my university can have portions of a book plus two or more articles due for that day. And, when a book for that day is not assigned, then there is usually more than three articles assigned each time they meet.