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(Marketwatch)   Men charged with stealing $1.5 million worth of rented textbooks from Amazon and selling them for cash. Police have not recovered either of the books   (marketwatch.com) divider line
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2021-10-15 7:56:05 PM  
Just came here to applaud that headline.

Well done, subby, well done.
 
2021-10-15 8:00:10 PM  
I was pleasantly surprised to find my old college had moved to an open source textbook for some math subjects when I went back. Series is here: https://activecalculus.org/

Felt a little stupid asking the prof via email about getting the book though. Guessing they covered it in orientation but mine was back in 1998. Things were different then.

Although I still should have known.  I hang out and teach robotics with one of the authors and he'd spoken about the project before.
 
2021-10-15 8:00:27 PM  
I heard that they started going to PDF books because they weren't making enough already and printing books costs money.
 
2021-10-15 8:03:08 PM  
I sold an NFT of a painting of one of the book's pages for twice that.
 
2021-10-15 8:06:37 PM  
Now that's an education!
 
2021-10-15 8:13:42 PM  
"Business Statistics: a Decision-Making Approach," which sells new on Amazon for $138.49 and rents for $24.98 a semester


There's a joke here somewhere.
 
2021-10-15 8:15:04 PM  
lol great headline. Still fondly remember the day that I dumped all of my remaining textbooks at an unsuspecting Goodwill, at an estimated five figure loss.
 
2021-10-15 8:22:16 PM  

Tex570: "Business Statistics: a Decision-Making Approach," which sells new on Amazon for $138.49 and rents for $24.98 a semester


There's a joke here somewhere.


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2021-10-15 8:42:13 PM  
The cost of books was the real sticker shock when I went to college.
 
2021-10-15 8:48:11 PM  

Liquid_Bacon: The cost of books was the real sticker shock when I went to college.


How else are those poor, under-paid, college textbook publishers supposed to make a living? It's not like they have some other publishing ventures to fall back on.
 
2021-10-15 8:49:22 PM  

Cafe Threads: Tex570: "Business Statistics: a Decision-Making Approach," which sells new on Amazon for $138.49 and rents for $24.98 a semester


There's a joke here somewhere.

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I would think the last 18 months would have illustrated the problem with relying on the Internet for "education".

Still no excuse for textbook prices.
 
2021-10-15 9:06:38 PM  
I know a college English professor.  Book guy stops by and gives her sample textbooks.  She turns around and sells them for beer money.  No rules broken.
 
2021-10-15 9:22:59 PM  
None of my classes uses a printed textbook anymore. The students can access the e-text through the online homework, but I don't think many of them bother. Of course they still have to pay to access the online homework, but that's like $70 instead of the $300 the textbook cost. I always felt bad about that, mainly because I never authored a textbook.
 
2021-10-15 9:32:14 PM  

Cafe Threads: Tex570: "Business Statistics: a Decision-Making Approach," which sells new on Amazon for $138.49 and rents for $24.98 a semester


There's a joke here somewhere.

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Because graduating is proof you were delivered the content.
 
2021-10-15 9:52:32 PM  
I still have all of my physics and engineering textbooks from the 80s.  They're still relevant.  I refer to them regularly.  Good investment.
 
2021-10-15 10:06:45 PM  
"Textbooks are notoriously expensive in the United States"

My total textbook expenditure for a four year engineering degree in the aughts was an inflation adjusted ~$100, and a third of that was because I didn't realize two of the books were an "either/or" requirement.

This is an artificial problem, and the level of price fixing going on should be a matter of criminal investigation.
 
2021-10-15 10:27:17 PM  
Anyone else find it amusing that "Options, Futures and Other Derivatives" was sold as part of the scam and that it sells for almost $230?
 
2021-10-15 10:35:39 PM  
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2021-10-15 10:56:38 PM  
Wow. Cop math meets college publisher math!

Bravo, subby!
 
2021-10-15 11:19:25 PM  

LiberalConservative: Cafe Threads: Tex570: "Business Statistics: a Decision-Making Approach," which sells new on Amazon for $138.49 and rents for $24.98 a semester


There's a joke here somewhere.

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Because graduating is proof you were delivered the content.


and that you didn't walk away with some dumbass nonsensical misinterpretation of what you read, and that you're asked to display a grasp of the lesson from the content via testing and/or writing papers, and etc.

for ex: metric boatloads of people not versed in economics will read 'the wealth of nations' and actually believe it's a glowing review of laissez-faire... which, haha, no, adam smith himself had already disposed of in 'the theory of moral sentiments'.
 
2021-10-15 11:36:06 PM  

emonk: I still have all of my physics and engineering textbooks from the 80s.  They're still relevant.  I refer to them regularly.  Good investment.


I bought up an old (i.e. 'only three colors in the graphs, not four! only three! you fool.') Calculus mongo-large textbooks that had the whole shebang from Calc 1 thru Calc 3 for, like, $2.50 when I graduated. Still have it around here somewhere.

/and we only had *two color* calculus book graphs when i started college! two! can you believe that?
//how did i ever manage with only two colors?!
///ok... tbh, i loved the addition of the third color; green was nice. black and blue lines were kinda boring.
 
2021-10-16 2:20:05 AM  
I had a job on campus with access to unmonitored photocopiers and scanners. I borrowed my books from the campus libraries before the semesters started, scanned them to my laptop, and printed any parts I really needed for notes. I don't think I broke any laws, since the books were legally available to be borrowed and I didn't sell the copies to anyone else ?
 
2021-10-16 2:25:04 AM  

gameshowhost: LiberalConservative: Cafe Threads: Tex570: "Business Statistics: a Decision-Making Approach," which sells new on Amazon for $138.49 and rents for $24.98 a semester


There's a joke here somewhere.

[Fark user image image 425x371]

Because graduating is proof you were delivered the content.

and that you didn't walk away with some dumbass nonsensical misinterpretation of what you read, and that you're asked to display a grasp of the lesson from the content via testing and/or writing papers, and etc.

for ex: metric boatloads of people not versed in economics will read 'the wealth of nations' and actually believe it's a glowing review of laissez-faire... which, haha, no, adam smith himself had already disposed of in 'the theory of moral sentiments'.


I know a lot of college graduates who didn't learn, didn't understand, or don't remember what was taught, including a lot of lawyers, economists, and politicians who still don't know what Adam Smith said. Getting the diploma guarantees only that an attempt was made to deliver the content. It's the job interview where we first start to figure out whether it was absorbed and retained.
 
2021-10-16 10:42:19 PM  
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