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Saturday, December 29, 2012

TextBook Pricing


The Chinese Textbooks I sell such as Chinese Made Easy for $29.99 and Chinese Made Easy for Kids at $19.99 are super cheap compared to college textbook prices. I have been buying textbooks for my daughter and the prices are amazing. $293 for an economics textbook! And then the publisher pulls the trick of coming out with a new edition, to kill the used book market. The new edition has minimal changes. Another tactic is the bundling of never used software with a textbook. A new one was including a one time registration code, which makes it so you can't resell the textbooks.

This chart is scary:

 

 
References:
 

Never Pay Sticker Price for a Textbook Again - Slate
The open educational resources movement that’s terrifying publishers.1

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