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Professor sacrifices royalties to protest high textbook costs

Another article about Professor R. Preston McAfee, an economics professor at Cal Tech, in today’s New York Times. McAfee is giving away his economics textbook and letting students download it as a PDF or get it micro-printed from Lulu or Flat World Knowledge. He also scoffs at the idea that textbooks can ever be fully crowdsourced: “Of all the things that are changing, one thing is consistent — the authorship model. What doesn’t worry me is that leading experts will say I will write my own damn book and people will read it.” Which is pretty much how we see it at eLangdell.

update: Interestingly, this article has hit the top-10 most emailed on the Times, on a day when politics and economics otherwise reign supreme.

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