May 12, 2014

I WOULDN’T GO ALONG WITH THIS EITHER: Law professors rebel against new Aspen casebook policy. “The idea, presumably, is to go after the used book market. Publishers and casebook authors make money from selling new books. But especially in slow-changing fields like property law, new editions aren’t needed very often. Old editions can remain in use and used books quickly predominate, especially now that the Internet facilitates the used book market. Under Aspen’s CasebookConnect proposal, however, students can’t resell their books after the semester because they no longer have them.”

Casebooks are overpriced as it is, and the quality is, if anything, in decline.

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