e-casebook costs

A story in today’s Financial Times points out that e-casebooks won’t necessarily cost less than today’s (in my opinion vastly overpriced) traditional casebooks.  The story, “Publishers seek chapter and verse on e-prices,” points out that

The hot issue at this week’s Frankfurt book fair is how to set the right financial formula for electronic books.

And Genevieve Shore, global digital director at Penguin, is quoted as saying

Ninety-nine per cent of our overheads remain unchanged.

And won’t students just print out their reading assignments?  Here at Stanford, where we offer unlimited “free” printing, I fear that the magic unicorn that brings our paper and toner will indeed take a wrong turn at the rainbow bridge (see this cartoon – it’s great).

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