A few college professors have started putting their textbooks online to protest the high prices that textbook publishers charge, reports the New York Times. In protest of what he says are textbooks’ intolerably high prices–and the dumbing down of their content to appeal to the widest possible market–R. Preston McAfee, an economics professor at Cal Tech, has put his introductory economics textbook online, free of charge. He says he most likely could have earned a $100,000 advance on the book had he gone the traditional publishing route, and it would have had a list price approaching $200. "This market is not working very well–except for the shareholders in the textbook publishers," he said. "We have lots of knowledge, but we are not getting it out." While still on the periphery of the academic world, his volume, "Introduction to Economic Analysis," is being used at some colleges, including Harvard and Claremont-McKenna, a private liberal arts college in Claremont, Calif. Professor McAfee allows anyone to download a Word file or PDF of his book, while also taking advantage of the growing marketplace for print on demand…

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