[OS X TeX] Why does this hang so = [OT] electronic books

Lee Witt leedwitt at gmail.com
Wed Oct 28 01:27:15 CET 2009

The cost of texts is a major issue for students at my school. It is
almost impossible for us to get used copies (I'm not sure why) so new
editions mean students buy new. I hauled out one of my undergrad texts
- for a 3 semester sequence for physics majors: I paid under $20 for
it in 1975. It is distressing to see students paying more for a
college algebra text than I paid for books in grad school.
So, like others, I wonder about the reason(s) for the high cost of texts.

On 10/27/09, Herbert Schulz <herbs at wideopenwest.com> wrote:
> On Oct 27, 2009, at 5:51 PM, Alain Schremmer wrote:
>> ...
>> Similarly, during the past thirty years, the profits of the
>> "elementary textbooks" publishing industry have gone steadily up
>> while the ranking of US students in TIMMS and later PISA have gone
>> steadily down.
>> Regards
>> --schremmer
> Howdy,
> While I was still teaching (I've been retired since 2001 after too
> many years teaching Physics at a local Community College) it seemed to
> me that most of the expense was because they went over to fancy color
> diagrams and kept on removing topics and doing a worse job of
> explaining things. All flash, no content, just like I've, for the most
> part, seen everywhere else.
> Good Luck,
> Herb Schulz
> (herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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