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What is the most profitable business in the world? You might think oil, or maybe banking. You would be wrong. The answer is academic publishing. Its profit margins are vast, reportedly in the region of 40 per cent.

Publicly funded researchers do the work, write it up and judge its merits. And yet the resulting intellectual property ends up in the hands of the publishers. They then sell it via exorbitant subscriptions and paywalls, often paid for by taxpayers too.

newscientist.com/article/mg240

@Khrys free all knowledge from the chains of intellectual property laws

@Khrys The most expensive academic book I had to buy for a class was around $180. Required reading of course.

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