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(The New York Times)   Hey students, now teachers know when you're done reading your E-books, or if you've read them at all. Think of it as Big Brother but in a good way, it's for your own good   ( divider line
    More: Interesting, school of business, Stony Brook University, McGraw-Hill  
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2013-04-09 09:29:05 PM  

NorthernMT: So let me see if I understand this.

Students today are paying for textbooks.
They are probably being forced to pay a premium to buy them in ebook form.
And just to reward them for it, they get to voluntarily give their professors the right to monitor their reading activities.

And as a wonderful coup de grace, they probably can't even recoup ten bucks of their investment at the end of the term, because they have only bought a license to the book and not the book itself.  Then to make it worse, if they are part of the one percent who hold onto their books as reference manuals, then they will probably lose it later when they switch devices due to DRM.

You forgot the part where the school fails to renew its' license during the school year and ALL the e-books go on DRM lockup, forcing the kids to spend additional time in class because they had no access to the "learning" materials.
2013-04-10 05:40:26 PM  
Advance big brother tactics early so we can produce a generation accustomed to living in fear and constant distrust. They will then be used to it when those of us who like everyone to shut up and stay off our lawns purchase the correct politicians. I for one welcome our children's new overlords.
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