Student v. District textbook skirmish draws more ink

Good e-Reader editor in chief Michael Kozlowski: Students Revolt Over Mandatory eTextbooks

The crux of the issue is choice. Local businesses will not be able to sell textbooks anymore, because they will be irrelevant to students. Students won’t be able to comparably shop to get the best deals anymore, in any primary or secondary market.

Digital textbooks continue to disappoint. Over 75% of college students surveyed by the National Association of College Stores say they would rather read print over digital. Amazon and Google both offer textbook rental programs, but are just aimed at people living in the USA. You never hear about how the companies sales are doing or see press releases on breaking any records. Amazon is very well known for issuing press releases on almost a weekly basis, when have you heard anything about textbooks? It is very telling. Other companies are abandoning the market altogether, such as Inkling. Instead of selling books, they are licensing our their platform to people who want to try and make a go of market penetration themselves.


  1. The following is from the Alamo Colleges website:

    The members of Alamo Colleges are committed to building individual and collective character through the following set of shared values in order to fulfill our vision and mission.
    Students First – Unless, of course, putting students first goes against the personal agenda of some leadership.
    Respect for All – Unless, of course, that requires some in leadership to listen, admit failure or error, or stop a personal agenda.
    Community-engaged – Unless, of course, that requires some initiatives to be scrapped.
    Collaboration – Unless, of course, that requires some persons in leadership to consider other points of view with an “open mind.”
    Can Do Spirit – Unless, of course, this means some in leadership have to “do” rather than “command” or “insist” others to do.
    Data-informed – Unless, of course, the data interferes with personal agendas.

  2. There is a special Called Meeting of the Trustees. See:

    These two permissive Codes address, among other things: § 551.074. PERSONNEL MATTERS; CLOSED MEETING. (a) This chapter does not require a governmental body to conduct an open meeting: (1) to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee; or (2) to hear a complaint or charge against an officer or employee. (b) Subsection (a) does not apply if the officer or employee who is the subject of the deliberation or hearing requests a public hearing.”

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