Why do College textbooks cost so much money?
Coming from high school where textbooks are free really into the college life where textbooks are very expensive can be a big shock to many people. Many new university and college students are astounded to find out that their textbooks can run them up well over $1000 per year.
Part of this is because writing a textbook attracts a much smaller potential audience than writing a high school text which will be syndicated out hundreds and thousands of times to students all over the country and all over the world. College textbooks are only so to college students were studying that particular subject.
This is not to say that college textbook prices aren’t exorbitant in the least. Particularly the practice of updating their book every year with minor updates so that next year students can’t buy used textbooks from this year students. What makes things worse and compounds this problem is the fact that your textbook on which you may have just spent 50 or $150 on is now effectively worthless.
Authors should be paid for their work, writing a book takes a massive amount of time and effort and authors should be rewarded accordingly. But adding minor updates to your book to Kilda used book market is a practice that needs to go.
Purposely devaluing your book once even twice a year is a horrible business practice. Yes I make you more money in the long run, but how many bridges are you burning along the way.
Renting textbooks is becoming a new fad to students to save money with. Renting textbooks and using online tools to compare book prices from various retailers is not only economically sensible, but it is a way that the problem publishers to be told that there are horrible cannibalistic practices are no longer acceptable.
Said the well read chicken. Are there any more puns about books, I’m drawing a blank.
During my literature lecture today the professor had a great discussion about puns in book, which naturally lead to puns about books.
My favorite was Absolutely this one
Do you like Kipling?
I don’t know, I’ve never kipled.
Which somehow lead us writing a book cover with something along the lines of, if you have only read one book in your lifetime, then you should shut your mouth. Which I think is just a generally great statement. Its easy to tear down things you don’t understand, but it is by far harder to build something up.
Right now, I am busy getting things into an acceptable shape to start listing some of my favorite and most treasured books, whilst simultaneously trying to find the best prices of these book on the web.
I may have bitten off far more than I can chew, but lets find out shall we.
Here is just one quick sexy little picture to start off with…
Gorgeous aren’t they?!