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    Overpriced College Text Books, Meet Bit Torrent

    Note: this page is quite popular after all these years.  Suprnova is no longer around, sadly.  Instead, I suggest checking out torrentz or textbooknova.com.

    DATA: The book the UW uses to teach Calculus showed up on Suprnova the other day. Here's the link. (Wish we had Bit Torrent around when I was a freshman in college. We had to pay all $140.00 for the god damn tome! Spoiled kids!)

    It wasn't my favorite Calculus book though. I liked the text used by the Seattle Community Colleges better: Calculus, Concepts and Contexts. It's by the same author (James Stewart) but to me seemed more approachable. However, it's not as comprehensive for the upper level stuff.

    The best Calculus book ever though is "Calculus Made Easy."

    And no, it ain't some newfangled dummies book. In fact, it goes all the way back to its first addition edition in 1946*. It has taught generations how to first understand the concepts of Calculus before moving into the sordid details; something standard text books rarely do.

    * See commentor below.

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    how come that same book only costs $40 in my book shop in Ireland? Why are all the college text books really overpriced in America?

    September 7, 2004 | Unregistered Commenterdave

    Textbooks are overpriced in America for the same reason prescription drugs are overpriced here. Textbook publishers raise prices here so they can sell books cheaper in other countries.

    Also, sometimes book retailers (college bookstores and independent sellers like Follett's) collude in price-fixing schemes to jack up the prices even more. Don't say it doesn't happen, a guy here in Indianapolis just got sentenced to a month in prison for it.

    September 7, 2004 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

    Calculus Made Easy actually dates from 1910.

    September 7, 2004 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

    That first photo just brought back a flood of unpleasant memories...

    September 7, 2004 | Unregistered CommenterGhani

    That should be "first edition," not "first addition." You've obviously got math on the mind. ;)

    September 8, 2004 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

    I'm glad to see college textbooks showing-up on P2P networks. That is truly an artificially-inflated market that needs to feel the sting of file-sharing.

    September 8, 2004 | Unregistered CommenterMalAdjust

    The best calculus book ever is G.H. Hardy's A Course of Pure Mathematics published in 1908.

    May 20, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

    Has anyone found any new text books online since this posting?

    November 2, 2005 | Unregistered Commentersmarcus aurelius

    where can i find linguistics textbooks?

    November 9, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterwenjy

    check out www.bookfaced.com This service localizes resale of textbooks to individual campuses, creating a network buyer and seller students online. Skip the bookstore, and there's no shipping involved. Good setup, too.

    March 31, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

    It's a shame that the textbook sharing community you were hoping for never materialized. I'm giving it a shot now, so I guess we'll see how it turns out. Please come out and support a good cause! :)

    http://textbooktorrents.com" REL="nofollow">Textbook Torrents

    (Sorry, not trying to spam here. Go ahead and nuke this comment if it's too much so for your tastes.)


    January 13, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterGeekman

    Damn, if only textbook torrents still worked, though I think staring at a computer screen all day would be a bitch, as it's nice to look at something that's not paper once in a while. But nice concept anyways.

    You guys know of Pazap? They have a number where you can call into to shop for the best prices, look for students on your campus with the used book you're looking for, and you can sell your books too. The number is (845) 839-8333. It's a NY number, so make sure you have long distance with your cell phone provider. It's a neat way to check up on used book prices. Check em out at http://www.pazap.com" REL="nofollow">Pazap.com

    November 11, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

    thanks a lot dear, im very interesting for your article. im very impresing for this :)


    April 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterslowbos

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