Reasons I don't like most textbooks (6)

They're too expensive.


More reasons I don't like most textbooks?
(scroll past this one).

p.s. I'm going to do a Ken Wilson on you: there is a post... coming up quite soon, breaking down the real costs in the average production of the average course book and explaining how it all works... but in the meantime, d'ya think books are worth the price we pay for them?
Why / why not?

How much do they cost in your country?
How is this price determined? Do you or your school ever not buy books due to their cost?

6 Responses to “Reasons I don't like most textbooks (6)”

  • Alex Case says:
    November 24, 2009

    I'd be interested in comparing the cost of a textbook to the cost of photocopies for a typical non-textbook course (noting that not all teachers teach materials-lite!) Ditto for the environmental impact of each.

  • Sputnik says:
    November 25, 2009

    And a copy of Raymond Murphy's tax files for the past 20 years would be interesting too.

  • Patrick Jackson says:
    November 25, 2009

    Too expensive for who?

    November 25, 2009

    Hi Pat, students/language institutions ... and probably the publishers themselves (production)...

    November 25, 2009

    Hi Alex, I think it depends on the country... in Ecuador some of the um, not on the up&up, schools photocopied entire books for probably a third of the retail price, here in Germany it seems to be an enormous waste of money IMHO as buying the book at €25-30 would be cheaper option... but I dunno, don't really use books that much these days ;-)

    What happens in Japan?

    November 25, 2009

    Sputnik, RM deserves every penny he ever made. Hope he puts some of it back in the scholarship pot though ;-)


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