US college students won't download music provided by their schools even though its free because they can't take it with them after graduation, won't work with Apples, and can't play on iPods. That's not really actually "free" then, is it?
kottke.org posts about college
Surowiecki on the economics of textbooks, i. Nov 02 2005
Surowiecki on the economics of textbooks, i.e. why they cost so damn much. "You can often buy the same textbook abroad for significantly less than it costs in the U.S., so students have learned to buy directly from places like the U.K., and a host of small businesses have sprung up to import books."