I”ve been sifting through the dozens of responses I’ve received from professors in our Public Insight Network who are talking about what they’re willing to do to keep textbook costs down.
I found the tidbit below from University of Minnesota – Duluth math and statistics professor Chad Pierson a bit unsettling.
Hardball capitalism — or urban myth?
I know that on the demand side, we as instructors should control the market. But a bookstore clerk once told me that the publishing companies buy used texts off the internet and shred them to ensure demand on the newer editions.
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Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.