That's true at the undergraduate level. At the graduate level, new editions are published far less frequently and are usually a genuine improvement when they are. (The "changes" I see made to the undergraduate books I'm ordered to teach from are sickeningly pointless) I *thought* the attitude was different, but perhaps not.
There is one consolation, perhaps - if they continue with their price gouging tactics they are going to find themselves in exactly the same predicament as the music industry, killing the goose that lays the golden egg. Given that many of the profs are getting little or often no financial reward for authoring these titles (again, different to undergrad books where they make a killing), I wonder why they use the publishers?
Last edited by random50; 01-18-2009 at 06:09 PM.