Is it possible that the Ws are eliminating the book study because they intend to stop printing books altogether?
In my experience, you can't go too far wrong in ascribing GB actions as responses to three stimuli: precedent, money, law. If two are involved, like the tax implications of selling literature, the Ws move swiftly and decisively irrespective of precedent.
The book study change makes little sense. Its flys in the face of strong precedent and prominent teachings. Its hard to find some legal justification. Its certainly no sweat off the GB's gonads if people go to more meetings. On the face of it, there doesn't seem to be much of a financial justification - unless they intend to stop making books. 'Book' studies require a steady supply of new books, though Lord knows they have little reluctance in using the same ones ad nauseum. Books cost money to write and to produce. Elimination of books could result in big money savings.
If this speculation be true, what's the implication for the mags?
Disclaimer: I apologize if I am turning over already plowed land and if I am reintroducing an idea previously proposed by another. I don't get onto the site often enough to know all that's been discussed.