Psychologist and textbook author Laura Freberg offers some interesting thoughts about the possible impact of Amazon's new product on the textbook market:
"I have already expressed my frustration with the impact of the used book business on those of use who don’t want to spend five years of our lives writing books “for free” elsewhere in this blog. Because the used book people do not pay the publisher or author when they resell, students buying a new edition of a textbook are essentially subsidizing the book’s production costs for the benefit of students enrolling in subsequent terms. As far as I can tell, this cycle will not be fixed unless people are willing to move away from paper books into one-user electronic media. My biggest objection to this approach is that I’m an old-fashioned (and I suppose somewhat old in general) lady who likes to curl up in her rocking chair with a cup of Earl Grey tea, a fire in the fireplace, and a really good book. Read the rest here.."