A recent article includes college textbooks among the biggest consumer rip offs in America.
Releasing superfluous new editions is a favorite trick of publishers.
Why do we need brand new algebra books? Has there been some major breakthrough in the field of algebra lately? Some paradigm-shifting, cutting-edge research totally redefined that field and now the algebra books from 2010 are hopelessly obsolete?
Ditto for Shakespeare. What could possibly cause a legitimate demand for new editions of Shakespeare? It’s not like he’s written anything new lately. We could literally use the same Shakespeare textbooks we had 300 years ago.