Thursday, August 27, 2015

The New Era of the $400 College Textbook

This is what government funding of a college education has resulted in.

We’re now officially in a new era of the $400 new college textbook and the $300 used college textbook, see graphic showing the top 15 most expensive textbooks at the University of Michigan-Flint, writes Mark Perry.


BTW; The best textbook on economics (rarely found and government funded colleges) is Murray Rothbard's Man, Economy and State, and that can be had in paperback for only $17.58 in paperback.





-RW

9 comments:

  1. I once had to buy a new edition of Wheelock's Latin.
    Latin.
    Did Latin change over the summer or something?
    Ridiculous

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    1. That's akin to having to pick up a new math textbook. How much did the math change from one semester to the next?

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  2. Would be interesting to see how many of the authors are professors at the University?

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  3. Human Action > MES

    Not having a government distorts one's understanding.

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    1. Government does nothing but distort.

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  4. WOW - there's a $300 book on the "principles" of the internal combustion engine? You can still buy the "working V8" model engine for $60 and learn more by the doing.
    http://www.hobbylinc.com/plastic-model-engines

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    1. I took a look at it on amazon. It's most likely an engineering text that goes into thermodynamics, possibly materials, bearing loads, etc. It's still the price one would pay for a used engineering text 20 years ago on Amazon.

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  5. Average annual cost for college books: $1,100 (internet search)

    My nephew graduated from Berkley last year. A couple of years ago he told me he was able to download some of his books for free.

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  6. I kept my copy of Sherwood's Human Physiology. Great book.
    My kids rent textbooks from Amazon or Chegg, whoever is cheaper and various older editions of many books can be checked out at the campus library. It helps if you work at the library or are related to one of the library student workers.
    Some professors force the students to purchase an online code to access the textbook online. At $80 for the access, it's way more expensive than a $40-50 rental and equivalent to buying used without having the option to keep or sell after the class.

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