Paul L. CaronDean
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
By Paul Caron
The Student Public Interest Research Groups has issued Required Reading: A Look at the Worst Publishing Tactics at Work, claiming that textbook publishers inflate the cost of new textbooks through six techniques:
The PIRG effort is part of the Make Textbooks Afforable.com campaign. The Association of American Publishers has issued a rejoinder, Why PIRG Is Wrong: Myths and Facts About College Textbooks. For coverage of the issue, see:
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Throughout my law school career, my casebooks have cost an average of $100. I have paid an average of about $35 for them. I got most for $25.
Half.com and amazon.com both allow me to easily buy the used version of any book I want. I imagine these have also greatly reduced the effective cost of these books (and cut into publisher's profits.)
It's true though that you can't buy the used version of a brand new printing, but it only takes one semester to get over this hurdle.
Posted by: AM | Nov 1, 2006 11:42:17 AM
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