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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2007 11:56 pm 
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I recall reading that there was supposed to be a Senate committee looking into textbook costs, but perhaps that got shelved considering this progression into (perhaps overly) specialized books. All I know is that as textbooks get more and more expensive, more and more students go global and acquire textbooks printed for regions other than the US, buy textbooks straight from other students off of a variety of websites, and copy material digitally in some cases so as to have the required readings on hand at a discount.

With these new changes in the textbook market one can only wonder when all textbooks will become customized in such a manner that it will be useless for the next year, or even for the next term. Where does this leave the typically broke-as-hell college student? It's frustrating to think about.

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We have the same problem here as well, though we didn't go as far as college. The problem emerges mostly in middle and high school here (or though the media says).
As I see it, the only solution is to start using information networks that contain all the relevant information. Also requires a terminal for every student, which is a bit expansive.

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I think the anger of the students as a whole over textbook isues would be enough motivation to find a way to do online textbooks of some sort.

At least I hope so.
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I always waited until I actually needed text book before buying them, there was always one class that needed you to spend $150 on books and then never had an assignment from them


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Text books are a scam the only three books I've ever bought that I thought were any good were on Social Networking, Terrorism and one book on Economics that wasn't finished yet, the lecturer let us have a copy of his manuscript at cost(300 bound pages for about $20).

The rest of them were worthless, one book I needed to pass a subject I photocopied the question pages from someone else for $5(the newest edition was needed and this guy had bought the book for $90 so I offered to chip in).

I remember reading about this Chinese family-run photocopy shop that was in Boston that had pretty much every text-book ever and would copy them entirely for people for about half the price of the book, they'd get raided once a year, fined and then be back in business the next day.
Not sure if that was true or just urban legend but I like to think that it was true.

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