24 Sep '12, 5pm

What Where They Thinking: University Students Sold $ 180 Art Textbook With URLs Instead of Pictures

What Where They Thinking: University Students Sold $ 180 Art Textbook With URLs Instead of Pictures

Global Visual and Material Culture/Screen capture The future of the book is a regular topic of discussion on TreeHugger, whether an e-book is greener than a p-book. Students at OCAD University in Toronto got the worst of both worlds; They had to fork over $180 for a book on the history of art from prehistory to 1800, with no images. An artless art book, with links to a website where students could look at them. Only a surrealist could think this up. There are so many things wrong with this, be it the cost of the book, the waste of paper, the complete silliness of even bothering when art is such a visual medium. No wonder the students and their parents started petitions. What the University and the publishers didn't reckon with was Brent Ashley , a very computer literate parent of one of the students, who wrote about it on his blog, calling it "an unmitigated sham of a trav...

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