Over the past fifty years college tuition has increased to four hundred percent. In that same period textbook prices have increased by over one thousand percent. The textbook/case law sales industry is considered a racket in certain circles. Some sympathetic professors have responded by making open sources, or freely available resources an integral part of their syllabus.
In many instances these alleviation’s, have been offset by college administrators which encourage faculty to ensure that the most recent additions are being required. This is request is made under the theory that the only alternative to academic stagnancy is adherence to the consumptive updating process of print mediums. Digital formats are easily update-able, and transferable across the latest technological mediums. Thus, open digital access, by its very nature is more cutting edge than the permanent nature of a print textbook.
At the crossroads of this phenomena is the Internet Archive. IA began 1996 with