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    Alfred Thompson

    I think that publishers and bookstores are in line for most of the blame. Professors for the most part are just trying to pick the best books from the point of view of the book being a valuable resource. It may be that campus bookstores are under too much pressure to make a profit. Bookstores should not be seen as a profit center but I think they all too often are seen that way. If they only took a marginal profit to cover overhead prices would be lower. Publishers do have a lot of costs that people don't always see. It is not just printing and material costs but there is book design, editing, and other pre-production costs. Take a look at the list of people involved in the credits at the begining of most test books. It's a longer list than you might suspect. The authors get some money (full disclosure - I've got several published textbooks on the market) but they are paid a percentage of the price the publisher gets and it is not a large percentage. The author has no say in the selling price either so it is not like they are saying "raise the price so I make more money."

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