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I Know Books are Expensive but...

September 13th, 2011 at 10:05 am

I'm having a spat with an online student this morning.
Although school has been in session over a week, she hasn't yet received her textbook. I expect that sort of thing to happen in the first week, but books are available at the bookstore (expensive) and there's a reserve copy at the university library.

This is a busy student with several jobs, and she is in a snit because I will not scan the second chapter of the textbook and send it to her. I often scan the first chapters of books and make them available to those who haven't yet received their books. As we here know, I'm all about saving money, and I understand that Amazon and half.com are frequently cheaper and take some time. But copyright laws and fair use guidelines prohibit copying too much information.

She tells me she doesn't have enough time to go to the library (really?), and her tone has become increasingly terse with me. I've offered to set her up with other students who may be able to loan her the text, but to no avail.

So I'm ticked off. I wish everything was free, but textbook writers need to be paid too. And students need to take responsibility.

4 Responses to “I Know Books are Expensive but...”

  1. LittleMsMom Says:

    Hum scanned books, does she have a KINDLE or NOOK? Maybe then she could just download the book since she does not have time to go to the library when it is open.

    Good Luck...Guess if she does not bother to buy the book she can just wing it and take whatever grade she gets as a result.

    Sorry, but I do not feel sorry for her. I always bought my books at the overpriced bookstore, but I was **** about having my books the first day of classes.

  2. baselle Says:

    I remember being a student and standing in front of the xerox machine in the library going to town on the reserve copy. Now I know that's not really what fair use is all about and was morally gray, but I did it and I would take responsibility for if I was caught. Sounds like your student wants you to do that for her. Well, tough!

  3. fern Says:

    Sounds like it's really not your problem. Se la vie.l

  4. My English Castle Says:

    No kindle, no Nook, no luck. I always copied the texts too when I was a student. Plus it was so much lighter to carry around!

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