In a previous blog I said that the rights of online courseware developers, authors and publishers need to be protected by eBook readers. However, this needs to happen as part of a new business model for distributing reading material.
As it is now, eBooks are still too expensive. EBooks shouldn’t be sold at a price comparable to their paper-bound cousins–after all, publishing an eBook costs almost nothing. Many people get their reading material second hand, or find open source online courseware or public domain works, or borrow resources from the library, for free.
Of course, reading material writers, online courseware authors and publishers need to earn profits. But they also should take into consideration the fact that people will not pay as much for eBooks as they will for paper-bound ones.
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