This is a summary of college only using two pictures; expensive as hell.
That’s my Sociology “book”. In fact what it is is a piece of paper with codes written on it to allow me to access an electronic version of a book. I was told by my professor that I could not buy any other paperback version, or use another code, so I was left with no option other than buying a piece of paper for over $200. Best part about all this is my professor wrote the books; there’s something hilariously sadistic about that. So I pretty much doled out $200 for a current edition of an online textbook that is no different than an older, paperback edition of the same book for $5; yeah, I checked. My mistake for listening to my professor.
This is why we download.
Spreading this shit like nutella because goddamn textbooks are so expensive.
kinda late in the semester but good to know
Add to that list: https://www.boundless.com/
As someone who once worked in the textbook business, I can reassure you, it is a complete rip off. Textbook companies jack up prices for identical “new editions”, bookstores are not allowed to discount them or tell students about alternatives, and professors often don’t know or don’t care how much students have to spend. Lots of places offer textbook rentals, but that can be a trap too, unless you keep the book in pristine condition. Buyback programs can sometimes offer a partial return, but it’s rare to get more than 10% of the new price. Education is expensive enough already, why are we making access to information something that only the wealthy can afford? Fuck that.
Of course, the other side of that coin is that a lot of students (not all, but a lot) buy their books with their parents’ money and throw them in the trash after barely using them, without even trying to sell them anywhere. I have little sympathy for someone who complains about the price of their education when they have a $500 purse on their arm. It is sad that those who are offered the most opportunities in our culture are not those who work the hardest or want it the most, but those who can afford to buy their way into a privileged life.
What would happen if multiple people in a class told their professor that they couldn’t afford the book instead of blindly trudging to the bookstore to buy it? I think the last sentence sums up the point of these photos: they could have spent $5 if they had researched alternatives, but they didn’t. Your professor doesn’t want you to use the paper version of a book, don’t tell them. Colleges are businesses that exist to make money. They will try to rip you off whenever they can, and all students should know that.