shockingly, kids are sick and tired of paying hundreds of dollars for overpriced stacks of paper!!!!!! who wouldve thought!!!!!!
Those stacks of paper aren’t overpriced. What most people forget is that more than paper and ink go into those—there’s also the time of some very smart people who are serving a very small market. If you have ten top tier academics working on a textbook that will sell under 50,000 copies in its lifetime, it’s obviously going to cost a lot more than your high school algebra book that sells hundreds of thousands of copies per edition.
It’s ironic—students, who really like to complain that their knowledge and time are undervalued, are ignoring the fact that they wouldn’t be able to make such a complaint had it not been for the knowledge and time given by the authors of their textbooks—often their professors and peers.
Go ahead and pirate that album or movie or game you like, because it’s already cheap and it’s going to sell millions of copies. But don’t pirate your textbooks, because you’re actively contributing to the decline of academia.