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Re: open access textbooks?
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- Subject: Re: open access textbooks?
- From: Sandy Thatcher <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2008 22:06:17 EST
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No, but there is a booming industry in pirated textbooks around the world, as the February 11 report of the International Intellectual Property Alliance reveals: http://www.iipa.co. Students in developing countries are not lacking access to such books, but they are generating no income for U.S. authors and publishers. Sandy Thatcher Penn State University Press >An important argument in favor of Open Access is the observation >that authors of journal articles seek no pecuniary reward and are >indeed interested mainly in seeing broadest possible >dissemination, use, and impact of their work, and the movement >capitalizes well on that basic motivation. In at least one >publishing domain, however, academics are indeed interested in >the money: textbooks. On all sides, students complain about the >high prices of textbooks, but they keep going up. Does anyone >know of Open Access initiatives designed to bring high quality >current science textbooks to students in universities in the >developing world? Movement in that direction could have very >positive impact on millions of students in emerging societies. > >Jim O'Donnell >Georgetown U.