- February 2013
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If you must invest in college textbooks for your classes this semester, then you may notice that, in addition to purchasing the correct book title, you must also purchase the correct edition. It may even be that the textbook used last semester for the very same class has been replaced by a newer version, or a different textbook altogether. This can be very aggravating for college students who prefer to save money on those very expensive books by purchasing them used, and then selling their used books back to the bookstore at the end of the year. Why are college textbooks always changing? Read on to learn more.
New information. The most common reason for a change in college textbook is the release of a new edition. As we all know, scientific and technological advancements are perpetually changing the information we have available to us, in turn altering the landscape of our educational experience. Any time there is a new discovery, or a clarification on an old discovery, an old textbook is updated to reflect this advancement in knowledge and then re-released as a new edition. It should be easy to understand why it is so important that you learn the most recent and most accurate information available to you while you are in college.
Additional learning materials. Sometimes new editions are also packed with new learning materials that were not in the previous editions, such as CDs that can be used in the computer, website listings, practice tests, study guides, and more. In this case, your learning experience may be greatly enriched just by having the new, multi-media offerings at your disposal, and although a new edition might not be a necessary purchase, it might be well worth it to you if you want to get the most out of your study efforts.
Who makes the decision to change a textbook? It is no use to complain to your professor about textbook changes. Just like you, your professors are assigned which textbooks they must use. So, who make the decision to change a textbook? Depending on where you live and what type of college you go to (private or state, for example), you will have to look to either your state government, or your school’s administrative board for the answer to that question. The matter of college textbook choice is not a simple one, and it often involves a number of entities.
As you can see, there are some clear-cut and understandable reasons for why college textbooks must change so much. Unfortunately, what is best for your brain is not always what is best for your pocketbook – but such is college life.
About the Author: Latoya Baltzer is a college student who understands how tough it is to buy textbooks each year. Click here for more information on how to find college textbooks at more affordable prices.