By the Book

Posted on August 2, 2006 

By the Book

As every college student knows, the price of textbooks is more obscene than anything Larry Flynt could conjure up. But the problem is infinitely more acute for learners in impoverished nations. “International editions of textbooks are generally half the cost of U.S. editions, which is great if you’re in the U.K.,” says Don McCubbrey, a professor and director of the Center for the Study of Electronic Commerce at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business. “But if you’re in Uganda, the cost of even a half-price textbook might end up being 20 percent of annual per capita income there.”

Under these brutal circumstances, the only reasonable charge for a textbook would be nothing — and that’s precisely what budding scholars in sub-Saharan Africa and areas in similar straits would pay if the dream of the Global Textbook Project is realized.

The Global Textbook Project

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