The Economics of Textbooks

Being in my third year at Carleton, I’m all to familiar with the debt accumulated from textbooks. I’m in english honours and spend about $700 per semester on books that repeat the same material and usually end up as weights until exam period rolls in.

Thinking back to elementary school is a tad painful; we didn’t pay a fortune for tuition and received free textbooks when needed. You would think that since we’re paying for a spot they would at least make our course material affordable, but no, the Visa card continues to suffer.

My roommate Jess came home from textbook shopping last month raving about her economic’s course because of the professor, Jim Stanford. I don’t know much about econ, but from what I know about any business oriented course is that books and clickers usually balance out to around $200 (or more) a course, and the price almost triples if you’re in any science major. The interesting thing about Mr. Stanford, is that he sells the course textbook (which we wrote) for only $30.

I’m going to repeat for emphasis: $30 FOR A TEXTBOOK. 

At last, we see an author and professor who stands by his economic principles. Imagine if every professor stood by the values and principles they teach; our education system would be surreal.

Till next time,