Net Net: You've Got Books! E-libraries want to reinvent term papers

E-libraries want to reinvent term papers

Imagine that a baby-faced 26-year-old comes knocking at your door, looking for money. He's living out of his car in Houston, and he wants $100 million for a dotcom to do something not even the Library of Congress has done--put 50,000 scholarly books online. "The venture capitalists just looked at me and laughed," says Troy Williams.

Williams got revenge with the January launch of a 24-hour academic library offering everything from Death of a Salesman to St. Augustine's The City of God, for a $19.95 monthly subscription. Questia is one of several e-libraries that will offer college students...

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