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Sooner or later everything will be downloadable (most stuff already is) and they won't bother sending hard copies. One of the major experiences of OU study will be lost.
Also, it means I won't be able to catalogue the books they issue on this site!
And it's all on hard copy:-)
I just had a sniff at my OU shelf to see if it would unleash a burst of nostalgia, but I think all the volatiles have been used up in the last ten years or so. Just a little whiff of solvents from the nasty plastic binders that came with the law courses.
Speaking of evaporating solvents, one of the few perks I got for the extra fees I had to pay for being in "continental Europe" was to receive all the radio and TV programmes on cassettes. I have piles and piles of OU audio and VHS cassettes in a cupboard somewhere, many of them with very interesting things on them - I wonder if I still have a working player for either format...?
What should I say? I managed to be given whole coursebooks for courses that have 'died' those last couple of years (and some 'ongoing' ones), but that I fancied doing anyway, like 'renaissance in europe', the 'science of archaeology' short course,'siena, florence and padua' art and bits of the AA306 shakespeare course...