The Price and Value of Academic Textbooks and Journals

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  • Ian

    I was waiting for the punchline. Speaking as a serial textbook author. The author does all that (frames 1 -5), then gets 5-10% of the price (royalties of 10-20% on NET are normal). A tiny, tiny, tiny proportion of the cost of most textbooks goes to the author. Technical reviewers often get paid less than $100 or get paid in books. Research assistants normally get nothing.

    This is particularly galling as I actually get *less* royalties on an ebook, even though that has no print cost.

    The whole academic publishing system is a giant leech.

  • Ian

    … and, of course, authors (and publishers) get absolute nothing from books that are bought back and resold. This is one of the reasons that authors are under pressure to put out a new edition every couple of years.

  • seminary mom

    buy on half.com.    sell on ebay.com.   and use the old edition.   the new ones aren’t new, just a strategy to charge a higher price.