019. Books Don’t Grow on Trees
A local community college professor decided to fight
. “The price of books for our students is
getting higher and higher and, combined with the
cost of tuition, it’s killing these kids,” said
Jason, Ph.D. “Remember, students are one of the
groups of people in America. Almost half of
have at least one part-time job. In fact,
of my students has three jobs. She is
part-time sales clerk at a clothing store three
a week, then works three evenings a week
a pizza cook, and on weekends she does
at a beauty salon. And she still manages
have a high GPA and go to school
-time.”
Textbook prices are traditionally high. Adding to that
, many college instructors change textbooks year after year;
either upgrade to a new edition or switch
an entirely different textbook. This further hurts students
if an instructor no longer uses a particular
, that book has no resale value.
Dr. Jason
to make life a little easier and a
cheaper for his students by writing his own
on public speaking. “Many books have an increased
because of bells and whistles: CD-ROMs, lots of
photographs, and lots of graphics. I talked to
students, and many of them, like me, prefer
keep things simple. So, during a sabbatical a
years ago, I wrote my own textbook. I
sure that it wasn’t long-winded. I called it
Public Speaking: How To Be Brief, Concise, and
the Point.
“Compared to most other public speaking
, mine is half the number of pages, and
-third the price. That is, $30 instead of $90.
, it is published in a three-ring binder format.
, when I wrote a second edition last year,
only had to buy the 35 new pages
delete 35 of the original pages. For only
.00, they had upgraded to the new edition. I’ve
great feedback from my students about this loose-leaf
. Maybe the word will get out, and more
and publishers will try it.”
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