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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 36, Number 19. 2nd August 1973

Text—book Mafia

Text—book Mafia

Dear Sir,

If the Student Executive wants to win our hearts and minds perhaps they could consider taking on the text-book mafia.

How about leasing a couple of Xerox machines (cheaper than photocopy for large quantities) and running them on a strictly cost basis? In fact if the lease and running costs were covered by a small increase in Studass fees, the "free" access would save everyone expensive outlays for books they read over a couple of weeks and forget for the rest of their lives.

The library' might provide space and servicing, or at worst there must be a spare corner in the Union Building.

Most overseas libraries have batteries of these machines now, and publishers raise prices to break even through library sales alone. We are paying for this new technology without any of the benefits.

Yours sincerely Thorold May.

P.S. Dear readers all, beseige your local student politician, write to "Salient", proclaim your earnest concern for hip-pocket culture, and something might be done.