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    #16
    Originally posted by JDR
    Something should really be done about this whole textbook thing. It's such a scam. Professors should have limitations on how often they change the official class textbook and there should be little to NO kickbacks for professors/universities who choose to use a particular publisher/author's book.
    Changing software and technology dictate that I use updated editions of textbooks about every other year. It's a lot more work for me, and I'd be happy to recycle material if I could.

    Kickbacks? Non-existent where I work. I deal with 3 different publishing companies and have never had kickbacks mentioned.

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      #17
      This is a bit too late but I have used Half.com, and if you do use it make sure the buyer has good feedback. I have purchased a few books from there for my summer courses and all has worked out so far.

      At my university I am in the Disabled Student Services and every semester they issue me a voucher to use at the school bookstore for textbooks and supplies. Check your school for such services.
      Another option is to look into used textbook stores near the university, they usually have the books there cheaper.
      - OSCAR

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        #18
        Originally posted by Mike Honcho
        Changing software and technology dictate that I use updated editions of textbooks about every other year. It's a lot more work for me, and I'd be happy to recycle material if I could.

        Kickbacks? Non-existent where I work. I deal with 3 different publishing companies and have never had kickbacks mentioned.
        Okay, in a tech field, yes, I understand why you'd need to update, but I was a poli. sci. major and I had professors who changed their textbook almost every semester.

        Maybe things are different in NC....and maybe I'm talking out of my ass....but I find it hard to believe that publishing companies/authors aren't motivating universities/instructors to use certain books in one way or another.
        "Your love is just the antidote when nothing else will cure me" ~Sarah McLachlan

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