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Monday, July 17, 2006

News Flash: Textbooks Cost Too Much...

and might be plagiarized. I'm reeling. Congress is going to get to the bottom of it.

Several million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and I was an undergraduate, I had a job doing research for a textbook. The professor (with a reputation in the field) wrote an outline, his graduate assistant (with an attitude) hired some library science majors to find supporting materials, and the publishing company (with deep pockets heavy with the profits of textbook gouging) had staff writers who actually wrote the thing. It was kind of a cool job, actually... except for that hollow, deceitful feeling.


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