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Old 03-31-2010, 11:05 AM   #31
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Claiming that falling academic standards are why textbooks are so high, is ludicrous in that basic principles needed for understanding more advanced principles do not change.
I didn't say that it was the reason that textbook prices were high; I said that it was the reason that textbooks needed to be changed, and why you couldn't just go on using old textbooks indefinitely. If you're writing, let's say, a textbook on quantum mechanics, you need to know what mathematical level your reader is at and if, for example, they don't know vector calculus, then you need to teach them that as a part of your course.
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Old 04-01-2010, 08:19 PM   #32
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[QUOTE=HarryT;847832]If you think it's too expensive, don't buy it. A seller has a perfect right to ask whatever they wish for an e-book, just as the customer has a right not to buy it if they feel it's too expensive.

I'm finding that many of the books that I want to buy for my Kindle are virtually the same price as the paperback, often less for paperbacks. In my opinion that is shooting themselves in the foot. I didn't spend $300 on my Kindle to pay the same price I could get the paperback from Amazon or a used bookstore. When a paperback that is listed at $7.99 also sells in Kindle for $7.99 I move on. There are too many books out there to read without feeling like I'm overpaying.
I salute the smart authors that have multi-series paperbacks that give the first book in the series free to hook the reader. That is using Kindle marketing properly.
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