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  •  Textbooks are horrifically expensive (3+ / 0-)

    Most are over $100 these days.  Publishers figure they have a captive audience and can charge what they like.

    Of course, once textbooks are on Kindle they'll be free as soon as hackers circumvent DRM.

    Very few professors make more than $0.25 an hour writing textbooks.  For the most part, you might as well give them away and make it worth your while through greater recognition, like Linux.

    Big Joe Helton: "I pay Plenty."
    Chico Marx: "Well, then we're Plenty Tough."

    by Caelian on Fri May 01, 2009 at 01:30:58 PM PDT

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    •  One of the biggest problem with textbooks is that (0+ / 0-)

      they need to be updated all the time so even if you want to buy used, that may not be possible.  Professors are becoming more sensitve to the pricing issue and some publishers are using magazine formats to make texts less expensive to print.

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