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  •  Greater Experience and Problem with price to kids (11+ / 0-)

    At college.

    Not to interrupt or steal this thread. Stealing is wrong. But, so is the way that it is off-set in schlolarly settings. That is There is a 10th edition in 2009 an 11th edition, now a year later, when nothing's changed.

    Don't have the 11th for $200? Well, you'll probably get the practice q's wrong. Why? Well Foundation Press has a long history of making Gobs of money, and making the school use the newest edition of "Brown and Dinicola" on Copyrights. Difference? Well it's the Seventh, not the sixth and you have to buy it by eh, Thursday.  (Or my favorite, oh wow, my professor is a publisher). Then they leave 1 on reserve. Pshh. (Oh and when you're done you might have a few weeks someone needs it but some minor case came up (law school) and there's a new spring edition now, yeah back before this internet we made 1 every 30 years when the law changed, now every semester or so works (so those books on your shelf dropped as much as your parents' IRA).

    To the extent some kid is keeping it from reserve too long, well Foundation made it so he can't afford it. Should he steal it? No. But should he go work at the Subway? I don't know. I am glad I only have to pay back loans, not make that choice.

    I've seen and dealt personally with the much more unfair fleecing of College kids who HAVE to buy overpriced books because the older editions are available online.

    Should some College Kid get a book that saves him from having to work 2 jobs, well I don't much care if he checks where it's from if it helps him get a degree.

    I remember (even buying some online) spending 700-1200 at the book store PER SEMESTER. And it kept getting more and more ridiculous until I got old enough and said screw it I don't care I'll buy the older edition (from 2 yrs ago) for 1.99.

    •  Law text books are rip offs... (3+ / 0-)

      Thousands of dollars spent for these books that the uni book store offers to buy back for pennies on the dollar once the course is over.  Of course law school tuition, advertising and prof pay all bear the hallmarks of predatory behavior.

      A standing army is like a standing member. It's an excellent assurance of domestic tranquility, but a dangerous temptation to foreign adventure. Elbridge Gerry - Constitutional Convention (1787)

      by No Exit on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 09:04:19 AM PST

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    •  This (4+ / 0-)

      I am a librarian, and abhor the thought of library theft.

      That said, textbooks are a racket, and among the most overpriced books out there (A Casual Vacancy notwithstanding). It's not hard to see why you have students turning to theft. Yes, still not right. But give textbooks a reasonable price tag and a lot of this will simply vanish.

      •  Thanks for your insight (0+ / 0-)

        I wish I could've rec'ed but got busy.

        The upshot is now to make me look like a learned attorney (books are one of the "signs") I can buy basically brand new text books on half.ebay to put on my shelf for 2 dollars or so.

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