This post is in the process of being updated to better reflect my feelings towards College book publishers. It will be in an ongoing process of updates. Last update is on 1/8/13…
It amazes me sometimes how we even tolerate this…this college book system. I can’t immediately think of a more fair way of conducting business but this isn’t it. Between the cost of living, the rising cost of tuition and everything else, buying books never feels pleasent. Its always that kick in the teeth every term that I expect but still get angry over after the fact. I don’t think I’ve had one term yet where I’ve been completely happy with the purchases I made for books. Not even last term which came really close, until I found out why buying a digital version of my book wasn’t a great idea. I needed that book for the test tests. Whoops.
This term, I couldn’t sell back my science book. One of my books I needed was not available and they didn’t know when the next one would be ready. Then the other two books had to be bought new. No rentals or used ones would be sold. Its just really hard to not see this system as some form of a scam. Its bad enough we have to buy new ones to get a digital version, but now…now with these “UOregon” edition books, one can’t help but wonder why someone would create these types of books. I don’t really feel like they enhance our education. They are basically the same book as the other edition, just with a different order.
I have yet to meet anyone who’s been happy with buying college books. Although I will grant, no one loves buying college books with some exceptions thrown in there. Buying something that is dry and dull as college books isn’t on the top of the wishlist. Still, I just…I don’t know.
At the end of the day, I don’t know what to do about the whole college book mess. Its clearly not fair to students. But at the same time, I acknowledge that book companies can’t operate as though they’re a charity, giving away books without making a profit. Because then it wouldn’t be fair to them. But I hear I sit, barely scraping by having to pay for books that cost hundreds of dollars. And I’m lucky enough to have financial aid. Many people do not have financial aid. So we need to ask ourselves, what is fair? I haven’t a clue but this current system is not.
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