Textbook Publishers Continue To Freak Out Over File Sharing
from the and-start-fighting-back dept
Instead, they're trying to get people to pay more.
More specifically, rather than responding to the root cause of the downloads, textbook publishers are trying to come up with systems that students can't get around paying for, such as online subscriptions to "extra" information to go along with a textbook. Of course, we've seen this before at times too, such as the time when a company offering just such a subscription went out of business in the middle of a semester, taking down its website and all of the materials the students were using. That worked out great.
Basically, the textbook publishers are reacting in exactly the wrong way. Rather than focusing on ways to actually add value and make it worthwhile to pay, they're looking to come up with ways to lock people in and force them to pay. That's bound to backfire eventually. It'll just take a smarter textbook company to embrace more reasonable strategies, and for professors to only use educational materials from those companies not focused on bankrupting students.