Although I think you make some good points (specifically 4, 5 and 7)-- I rated this post at 3 owing to these points-- I stil think you took an unneccesarily harsh/confrontational stance. <BARRY WHITE> We're all friends here, baby-- no need to be snippy.</BARRY WHITE>
That said, I think that you're falling unnecessarily harshly on Profs (FYI: I just got finished up at Major Midwestern University, so trust that I totally identify with where these sentiments are coming from-- I spent four years making and listening to the self-same gripes. And, after much consideration, I think they're unfounded.) At the risk of being way OT,
Of course, college professors will always hate e-books. No matter how hard it will
be to copy e-books, students will do it. Why? Because college books cost way
too much, a lot more than can be justified, only because they're written by the
college professors themselves who want to make a few extra bucks off the poor
is way unfair. No one gets into teaching at the college level for the money-- most profs spend most of their careers with a total income (including grants, stipends, book deals and etc) significantly less than that of a skilled tradesman. The reason Prfs write books, in my experience, is that they feel that the existing texts aren't sufficient, and the reason that they make their text THE text for a class is because they feel it's the best text availible-- if that wasn't the case, then they wouldn't have bothered to write it in the first place.
Sorry about the rant, but I've supped full of the "rich, greedy college prof" cliche-- it rates up there with "welfare chisseling single teen moms" and "those lazy inner-city blacks" as #1 Myths Promulgated by PorkBarrel Politicians.
Yet Another Tangent: the folks that I've found, in academia, who are MOST into the e-book and public domain text scene have all been profs and TAs (teacher's assistants-- usually grad sudents), who have constructed syllabi entirely consisting of books availible free online (at www.gutenberg.net and etc.) And the folks I've met who are MOST averse to e-books have been Joe College Guy ("man, downloading XYZ is a pain in the butt" "reading off a computer screen sucks" "i'll just buy a copy from Amazon" "I'm not gonna read the shit anywat" etc.)
Sorry to keep carrying on. Just sharing my experience.
The PMjA; it's a whole new kind of Truth.
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