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Monday, April 21, 2008

Highway Robbery

Posted by Seeking Solace |

I am considering changing textbooks for my Business Law course. Although I love the current text, it costs almost $200.00!

(In my best Chris Rock voice) $200.00?! Good Lord, that's a lot of money!

I could sort of understand if these students were in law school. I kept many of my books from law school and have used them as a reference. But, my students are undergrads and this is the only course where this book is used. Other than that, the book makes a nice paperweight. There is a PDF version, but who wants to read a textbook on the computer? And just think how long it would take to print pages if you wanted to have a physical version of the PDF!

Office mate suggest that I create my own packet. I suppose I could do that, but given the amount of information for the course, it would be a rather daunting task. But, I am open to the option. Since I have taught this course for almost five years, I could probably write my own textbook. I have also sent an email to the chair to see if I can search for another book.

Hmm. Something to think about.

But seriously, WTF?


joanna said...

You'd probably have to do alot of copyright searching, too, if your packet is made up of other people's work. 200 for a book, though. Zounds!

Academic said...

I commend you for looking for another text solution. Too many professors don't think about how much their course book(s) cost.