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2012-10-29 12:18:56 AM  

Sim Tree: ohknaks: Tanukis_Parachute: I had a very smart friend in college who had to buy an 80 page book...the size of a paperback. Full of mathematical symbols and whatnot. A high level differntial equations type thing that I couldn't read. Looked like some Indiana Jones rosetta stone thing. I asked him how much it was...figuring 10-15 dollars...it was 65. This was in fall 1987.

Sounds like the job of a photocopier and a bookstore with a generous return policy.

Our bookstore actually did this. Plato's The Republic was required reading for a class. The bookstore printed out the project Gutenberg text, bound it in spiral, and sold it right there on campus, hot off the presses ...

... for $65.00. Sixty. Five. Dollars. I shiat you not.

I asked them why it the hell was so expensive, and they could reply with naught better than 'it's required for a class'.

Meanwhile, the rest of us bought it at a regular bookstore for 3.99. 

I don't know if the school ever sold any of theirs. When I went in before Christmas, they were all still sitting right there, untouched. Bright $65.00 sticker and all, awaiting the next semester's class's tinkling laughter.


I know people who pay whatever the campus bookstore asks because their student loans "automatically cover it" whatever that means. My loan check is deposited into my bank and I pay my credit card that paid Amazon or whomever. Since I came back to school a few years ago, the only book I bought in the campus bookstore was a Chem book that was a university specific edition that was carved out of an even more expensive textbook. Couldn't even get it used off another student because you had to have an online code to take online quizzes and exams and a standalone code cost almost as much as the book + code. International editions or ebook where possible, used or Amazon if they are not.
 
2012-10-29 12:37:13 AM  

Hyjamon: as far as everyone talking about the great savings that international texts offer, where do you fall on this issue:

I give an assignment in the textbook to do problems 1-20 on page 86. student with an international textbook doesn't have problems on page 86 and even if they did, the edition sometime does not even have the same problem sets. How should this problem be handled?


This was always a big problem in computer science. Didn't help that a lot of the changes were renumbering of the assignment questions and other minor changes. Each language also seem to cover the same problems over and over again. They end up being no problem at all, other then paying the extra cash since new editions come out every 1-2 years.
 
2012-10-29 12:44:14 AM  

enry: Tanukis_Parachute: Lukeonia1: Subby exaggerates. You could buy almost two textbooks with that kind of money.

I would say, 1 pamphlet and 2 kinkos binders.

I had a very smart friend in college who had to buy an 80 page book...the size of a paperback. Full of mathematical symbols and whatnot. A high level differntial equations type thing that I couldn't read. Looked like some Indiana Jones rosetta stone thing. I asked him how much it was...figuring 10-15 dollars...it was 65. This was in fall 1987.

Are the binders full of women?


They're kinky binders, so could be full of anything.

/What's more outrageous than book prices? Being required to buy them for an online class.
 
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