For instance, on Amazon, the K&R C Programming book goes for $28.52 used, $61.74 new, or $28.70 for a one semester rental . For a book that hasn't changed since 1988, these prices are absurd.
While as on AbeBooks, the international edition goes for $10-11 .
Some of the eBay sellers are better priced and have better overall outcomes though due to the very short span that hooky sellers last.
Woah, that's cool. I'm definitely using this site. How can ‘they afford the free shipping?
Edit: And they ship free to Canada... no "free shipping" thing ever works to Canada unless you spend a lot of money.
I buy a lot of antiquarian books, many of which are not just out of print, but in the public domain. YMMV.
Local bookstores can typically order virtually anything.
This. Unless you're in the mindset that you need to buy something and you need to have it delivered now (why?), a local bookstore does the job. I typically order books on my closest one, all it takes is an e-mail or gasp I pass by and tell them what I want in person. Never failed.
Obviously textbooks get expensive, but the thing that makes textbook counterfeiting especially successful is that most consumers who get cheap counterfeits don't care. The content is usually the same and it's not a status symbol like an authentic Gucci bag. So as a consumer, there's really not much difference to you, especially if you got the book for cheap.
Typically, counterfeits are lower quality, but someone who works in the industry once told me that he's seen counterfeits with higher quality printing than the originals, which makes the real books look like fakes!
To me the greater issue is the highway robbery that is college textbooks. A lot of professors force the newest and don't care that a single one costs several hundred dollars, nevermind if the material is literally centuries old (e.g. calculus). If textbooks were a reasonable price, the counterfeit effect wouldn't hhappen.
If the content is the same, in what sense is the book a "counterfeit"? That's just a copy of the book.
People are more worried about taking money that isn't identical to money that came from the mint. By definition, if it's identical to minted money, there is no way to tell that it isn't minted money.
If I stole a money printing press and began producing $100 bills on my own, I would be counterfeiting money. Even with the very same equipment that the Mint would have otherwise used to make the notes. Same atoms and same outcome, but not authorized.
It’s the same with handbags or books.
International editions aren't really a "problem" because they are legal, pirated books are not.
You can buy some otherwise insanely expensive computer books for < $10 because they're Bangladesh editions.
>Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 568 U.S. 519 (2013), is a United States Supreme Court copyright decision in which the Court held, 6-3, that the first-sale doctrine applies to copies of copyrighted works lawfully made abroad.
Hate to see that opportunity removed as an option.