U of S | Mailing List Archive | alt-photo-process-l | Re: WAY OT! TEXT BOOKS


Yes. It hurts. I have two daughters in college right now, and book costs run 
between $500 and $700 per semester (or quarter). To add insult to injury, the 
publishers also now encourage textbook authors to come out with new editions 
(with mostly minor, trivial changes)every two years or so. So they have 
effectively knocked the used textbook market on the head. Back in 'the day', I 
remember selling my textbooks back to the bookstore at the end of each 
semester and getting a little cash back. When my daughters try to do this, 
they are often told that a new edition is coming out, and that their books are 
worthless. A lot of trees are dying to make sure that students are exposed to 
the avalanche of recent cutting-edge work on the semiotic implications of 
merchant-class cravat preferences in 16th century Italy that did not make it 
into the first edition of the textbook.

Quoting BOB KISS <bobkiss@caribsurf.com>:

>            PLEASE reply to me off list on this one as I am certain that it
> will be of little interest to most of the list.
>            Here in Barbados I have been drafted to teach a first year, first
> semester course on Intro to Cinema, a survey course where we see 11 films
> (the usual suspects; Kane, Caligari, Potemkin, etc.) and the students write
> critiques.  The syllabus (aka silly bus) was written and the texts chosen by
> the previous instructor, approved by the University academic committee and,
> therefore etched in stone.  I have no problem with the silly bus and the
> texts are rather good.  What has me floored is the COST of the texts!!!  I
> was shocked!  O.K., I havenít bought a text book since the late 80s when I
> studied film making at NYU (in my spare time while putting in 60 hours a
> week running my photo studio).  They seemed a bit steep then ($20 to $30)
> but these books are WAY OTT price wise!
>            Bordwell and Thompsonís FILM ART-An Introduction  $70 at Barnes &
> Noble and $80 locally (imported)
>            Corriganís SHORT GUIDE TO WRITING ABOUT MOVIES (really a
> pamphlet!!!) $35 at B&N and $40 locally.
>            I guess I am just out of the loop but if someone is taking 5 or 6
> courses they are spending $600 to $720 just on books and I am certain that
> law, medical and psych students have it worse!
>            Is this the way of the academic world now?
>                       CHEERS!
>                                 BOB
>  Please check my website: http://www.bobkiss.com/ <http://www.bobkiss.com/>
> "Live as if you are going to die tomorrow.  Learn as if you are going to
> live forever".  Mahatma Gandhi

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