Who remembers the Kinko’s packet? I’m talking about thick copy booklets with plastic binding that used to be a mainstay in college education. Since I was a history major, I remember them in practically every class in college. As I’m currently looking at the two-part monster I got for my Economic Sociology graduate seminar in Fall 1993, I can say with certainty that they lasted into the 1990s….until the Copyright Police took them away.
Might the iPad serve as their functional equivalent? From the Atlantic online:
Apple hasn’t yet released the particulars of its iBook app, but it heralds a potential textbook revolution for three reasons. First if the online store allows chapters to be purchased individually, professors and students will enjoy unprecedented freedom to assign chapters rather than volumes. That would be welcome news for cash-strapped students since textbooks can easily run $300 or more a semester, even though much of the content goes unread.
Please, let it be true. Please.