College Textbooks

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.