Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I would like to point out how completely stupid all of these textbook "editions" are. I mean, some of the books I had to buy for school (like my music book) are in the 10th edition or more! That is just unnecessary and ridiculous. Instead of letting human networking do its magic (like buying books off of Amazon, eBay, Craigslist, asking people to borrow, etc) we have to buy our own brand new book that we will only use for a couple months. And how many times can you rewrite the same book? It has got to be one of the dumbest ploys to get more money I have ever heard of. It works, but it is stupid. Half the time, the new edition is worse than the previous ones because they had to change things to get it re-published. I can understand a couple editions every several years, but 10?!! - come on people. As if tuition, rent, food and fun weren't expensive enough for college kids, authors have to go around making new book editions so we have to buy them brand new every quarter. Lame. The worst is when the professor is using a book they wrote for the class; those usually are re-written / re-published every two weeks. Haha, not really, but it seems like it.