Textbook publishing: still broken

Link by Link – Don’t Buy That Textbook, Download It Free – NYTimes.com.

The textbook racket in higher ed is one that still has to be comprehensively addressed, but periodically it rears its head in articles like this one, which really show how broken the system is.  Interestingly, I never see alternative textbook publishing models on the program at education/library conferences.  Why is that?  Is the problem so ubiquitous we don’t see it?  Or is it the same problem mentioned here–most libraries have made it a policy not to buy textbooks, so we don’t think much about them.  It’s only students (and their parents/spouses/financial supporter) who know the true agony of paying $300 for the 13th edition of Calculus:  Strategies and Solutions.


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