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    One reason people are often willing to buy a used copy of an older edition of a textbook is that so often the new edition adds no value.

    Small book publishers, especially in the realm of academic publishing, have for a very long time been conning people into rebuying the same thing in a new wrapper. They've pulled it off only because finding a copy in the old wrapper was difficult.

    That advantage is gone now. If they want to survive they either have to put out new titles, or make revised editions only when there is truly new valuable content to be had.

    Many of the things that they use to justify spending $100 on a new edition, are minor things like spelling corrections, new math formulas, changes in laws tangentially related to the subject, patches to software the book discusses, and so on.
    - Things better addressed in errata or update pamphlets, and for which buyers of old copies can often self-correct online for free.

    The roaches always win if you turn out the lights.

    by Jyotai on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 11:22:11 AM PST

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