OpenFiction [Blog]

Education, 8 cents a page

In my undergraduate days, I used to go to the West Virginia University Library and (quite illegally) copy large sections of books in the collection, feeding dime after dime into the photocopier to pay the 10 cents a page. And that’s back when a dime was a dime.

I realized today in looking at some of the OCW statistics that our project has become more cost effective than that older method of redistributing educational materials. We’ve topped 540 million page views since launch on a total investment of 40 million dollars (both round numbers).

That comes out to under 8 cents a page (and that’s just our HTML content—even more cost effective if we counted the PDFs that hold most of the content).

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