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  •  I certainly appreciate this problem, as a used (25+ / 0-)

    book dealer myself.  I sell books online and all of my books are legally obtained, and quite a lot of them from public library book sales.  I'm sure you are aware that book dealers buy huge amounts of books from library book sales perfectly legitimately. At one time I was a "Friend of" over 50 libraries.   It is really important for libraries to stamp their withdrawn and discarded books with such labels.  

    I would suggest that the high cost of new textbooks and the high cost of college education in general is at play here, too.  When the latest edition of a textbook, that only has 5% difference from last year's edition, is required reading and it costs the student $150, the demand for cheaper copies is increased, and frankly it pisses students off.  

    Student debt has ballooned to over $1 trillion.  We, as a society, saddle our young people with absurd debt to get a degree that they might not even get to use in this poor job market.  We can laugh at the dumb student reselling a textbook they just checked out, but are we paying attention to the corporate vampire squid who try to suck as much money out the education industry as they can?

    Barnes and Noble's CEO took $10 million last year. BN's a big university bookstore operative. McGraw-Hill CEO: $6 million a few years ago.  How about state legislatures that have slashed funding for universities only to give subsidies to already highly profitable corporations to move to their town?  

    Lots of theft everywhere.  Over-compensated CEOs make me angrier than a dumb student.  

    •  Very true- the college textbook (14+ / 0-)

      publishers, in collusion with college bookstores, are a much bigger racket than the relatively small number of people stealing library books to sell.  I know it really upsets my daughter, who's a professor and has taught student populations who are struggling just to pay tuition, when she is required to hand them a list of insanely expensive books to purchase.  And most of the textbooks suck in terms of adding value to the course.

      She tries to get around it when she can, but in some instances she's been told not to mention that they might find much cheaper copies used or online.

      •  High school textbooks are cranking up price too (3+ / 0-)

        I heard the ridiculous prices parents were being asked to pay to replace missing textbooks. My kids are fortunate enough to attend a high school that provides a copy of each textbook to keep at home, plus an additional copy in the classroom. But the replacement cost for an algebra textbook was about $130.  Say what?  I'm glad my kids didn't lose track of their books.

        These books are approved for California classes, so it's not as if they're only selling a few thousand copies, either.

    •  Excellent points, AgavePup. Spot on!!! (0+ / 0-)
    •  No Disrespect I love booksellers too! ;=)) (0+ / 0-)

      Really, I did not mean to offer disrespect or infer that all or most online booksellers are criminals. I know that they are not and that many of you spend a good deal of uncompensated time establishing the bone fides of your product. I know that you love books because I know that you like me are never going to get monetarily rich working among them. Good thing there is more than one kind of rich.

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