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Posted on Tuesday 6 November 2007 at 12:11 pm

Textbooks update

So far on my little poll, two people said over $60 is too much, one said over $80 is too much, one said over $90 is too much, and one said over $120 is too much. If I keep with the two books I'm leaning toward right now, those of you who think over $60 is too much would hate me if you were taking my class. I can sort of work with everyone else.

The main textbook I want to use I thought was $40 when I checked it at the beginning of this semester when I first started looking at textbooks. It is now listed at amazon as $50.

The secondary textbook I want to use, a primary source reader, is listed at amazon as $58.20 or $60.

For students to buy both books, it would be $110. I feel that is right on the border between reasonable and too much. I do have a loophole, however. The main textbook is available as an ebook. The ebook is only $20. I want to offer students the option of getting the physical book or the ebook, whichever each individual would prefer. If students elect to get the ebook and the secondary textbook, it would only be $80. If they want both as physical copies, it would be $110.

Does that sound tolerable?


What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 7:11 pm on 06 November 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I think that's very reasonable and you might well have students who'd appreciate the option of not having another textbook to lug around.
bratty_jedi at 7:14 pm on 06 November 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Now how is it you go from telling me $60 is too much to saying $80 or $110 is reasonable? You're just trying to mess with my head, aren't you?
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 7:20 pm on 06 November 2007 (UTC) (Link)
We'll you're talking about $80 or $110 for two, aren't you? Before you were talking about just one textbook, right?
bratty_jedi at 7:29 pm on 06 November 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I meant total price for both books earlier but you are the second, possibly third, one to think that. Apparently my poll was confusing.

I can't even write a poll that makes sense and I'm trying to write a syllabus!? And then lectures!? Ahhhhhhhhh!
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 7:36 pm on 06 November 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Ooooh. I would have voted higher on the poll if I'd realized that, lol. But I was very tired last night when I took it! It was probably me, not you!
bratty_jedi at 9:07 pm on 06 November 2007 (UTC) (Link)
No problem. Thanks for making me feel better (or just giving me the traditional break-up line).
littlepixiechic at 10:56 pm on 06 November 2007 (UTC) (Link)
$110 for one class is more than reasonable. I had a bio textbook that was more than that! Plus I averaged about $400 to $500 for books per semester, so I'm thinking you're right on target with the pricing.
bratty_jedi at 2:46 am on 07 November 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Cool beans.

If my students complain that the books cost too much, can I tell them to take it up with my friends on LJ?
littlepixiechic at 3:10 am on 07 November 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's acceptable:)
bratty_jedi at 3:29 am on 07 November 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Oh good. How about if they complain about too much work or about boring lectures? Can I send them to y'all for that as well? Will you just be my general complain department?
(Anonymous) at 9:36 am on 07 November 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Lol, I may be a complete stranger (saw your lj on mrstater's friends page) but honestly, am just finishing my first year at uni and I think that that's totally reasonable. You've even given options! Dude, I wish you were my flipping lecturer! Tolerable, that's awesome! Go for it!! Sounds like you've put in a ton of effort into finding decent texts as well which is good.
bratty_jedi at 12:53 pm on 07 November 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Cool! Thanks. You're making me feel better. This is my first semester teaching and I am teaching a class outside my personal area of expertise, so I'm more than a bit anxious.

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