Tech startup offering free downloadable college textbooks. Normally we are in favor of the free market, but anybody’s who’s been to college knows the textbook market is a cartel in which professors connive with textbook publishers to keep prices high in return for kickbacks. So it’s hard not to root for Boundless Learning.

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I am in my last semester at a college and my first semester I didn’t have the money for all my text so my instructor gave me a website to go to,I would log in and there were all my text books page for page that I need for that course…I usually use the website instead of buying ( some book we don’t use in class like our study guides) when I do have to turn something in from the SG’s I just print the pages I need off….and if I am correct their are online txt books for every field the college offers and the instructors let us use our ipads or notebooks or whatever to follow along in class…I have only paid for a few cut the cost down a few thousand dollars just this last year.thats not offered everywhere?


No, it’s not. The cost of college textbooks is a long-running scandal whereby publishers make tiny changes and then bribe professors to require the updated version. Sometimes the bribe takes the blatant form of being a textbook the professor wrote, so the monetary conflict of interest is clear. I went to college way back in the 70s and even back then I knew better than to buy a new textbook. I always bought the oldest rattiest most-outdated version I could find, the closer to free the better. The basic knowledge you’re learning as an undergrad doesn’t change that much year to year. But when you get to grad school you’re stuck – now you have to have the latest info or you’ll look bad, and the profs profit unscrupulously. Sounds like you have an enlightened college trying to solve the problem.


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No such thing as a free lunch.


If only ALL publishers could be destroyed.

God, I hate them.


Nice to know that the college indoctrination will at least be cheaper…now if they would just make them SMARTER.


Not sure why you’re not considering Boundless Learning as engaging in free marketeering themselves . . .