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(Fox Business)   Struggling Barnes and Noble looks to expand into US college campuses, the only place where companies can get away with charging $185 for a goddamn paperback that will be worthless in a year   ( divider line
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245 clicks; posted to Business » on 08 May 2014 at 1:13 PM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-05-08 05:48:01 PM  
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Hyjamon: Unless the college is having all its material provided for free on the school server, that will be the next rounds of complaints.  Also, where will the 'free' material come from?  open source, professors creating their own? can't wait to hear the comments regarding the 'quality' of the digital material.

Maybe this is my Communist side talking, but I wouldn't mind going back to how textbooks were published before the 1960s.

I have a whole collection of my state's K-12 textbooks from the 1930s and 40s.  Know how they were written?  The state contracted with PhDs at the state universities to update the material in a rolling cycle.  These books were released into the  public domain, believe it or not.  A state product, like a highway map or park brochure.  The state print shop ran off loads of copies and sold them to school districts at the cost of printing.

I did a little back of the envelope math once and figured that my state alone, for how much our districts were spending on just K-12 books (from Pearson, Houghton, etc) could afford to pay at least 100 different content experts 6-figure-salaries to do nothing but edit textbooks all day.  Release the books to cheap print-shops and online/e-book versions.  Even if every other state just "stole" my state's textbooks, my state would still be money ahead to do that over paying the current racket.
2014-05-08 03:09:57 PM  
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spman: sendtodave: I saved lots of money by committing theft!

In 99% of all cases I agree with your sarcasm completely, but the college textbook industry is an incredibly huge racket, and a major contributor to what makes going to school unaffordable for many people. These stupid books are marked up 100% and sometimes more above what they cost to produce, and they insist that schools only use the most recent edition which in many cases just means that the cover is changed, and some of the chapters are shuffled around. In the case of textbooks, I say anything that lets you have some advantage over the publishers that are trying to screw you is fine.

I totally agree.  It is better to steal expensive things.
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