Article: Legislating Relief for the High Cost of College Textbooks

[The following was recently posted by me in my LinkedIn pages. I am reprinting it here in the hope that it may reach a new audience as the subject matter of my original article referenced and linked below is as critical today for students as it was when I first wrote it and, alas, little has changed as predicted in my original article the link to which appears below.]

One of the frustrating realities of scholarly publications is that for those of us in academia they are critically important for the attainment of tenure and promotions and, for those of us who teach in AACSB-accredited institutions, for maintaining our status as Scholarly Academics who can teach both undergraduate and graduate classes. We devote enormous time and resources to research and publication of articles that very few people actually read and cite, generally speaking. To make matters worse, many refereed journals and law reviews require us to assign the copyright to our articles for the privilege of being published in these venues and usually we cannot even post our own work online so that other academics and the general public may find it unless they are specifically searching for it and have access to online databases such as Lexis and West Law (the required databases for meaningful legal research).

Fortunately, many periodicals that were at one time available by subscription only or through prescription-based services are now also available online, though not always indexed effectively by the search engines because of the relatively low volume of traffic they attract. Unfortunately, some of the scholarly articles I’ve published over the past decade are still only available through the traditional research databases of by subscription only (e.g., to a limited number of law libraries in bound formats). But a number have also become available online. Over the next several weeks, I hope to provide links to them here, one at a time.

I’ll start today with my an article that is no less relevant today than when it was first published, as the fledgeling efforts by the federal government and a few states to try to rein in the high cost of college textbooks has not made a significant enough impact on the cost of college textbooks for reasons I noted eight years ago when I wrote the article. You can access the full article by clicking on its title below.

“Legislating Relief for the High Cost of College Textbooks: a Brief Analysis of the Current Law and its  implication for Students, Faculty and the Publishing Industry” Journal of Legal Studies in Business, Vol. 15  (2009).


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