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Initial post: Jun 1, 2011 12:19:49 PM PDT
Hi, does anyone know if it is legal to sell annotated instructor's edition textbooks? Virtually no online book merchants buy such books, so I am talking about listing them yourself on Amazon marketplace or sites like eBay. Thanks.

Posted on Jun 2, 2011 8:19:02 AM PDT
I purchased an instructor's textbook for my alegbra class here on amazon from a private seller. I found it very helpful and was very happy with my purchase.

Posted on Jun 3, 2011 11:01:18 AM PDT
P. Blosser says:
There is no legal reason not to sell annotated books as long as you own it legally.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2011 9:11:58 PM PDT
I. Young says:
Instructor's editions are given to instructors by publishers for their own use, never for resale. It may be legal to sell them but it is violating the terms of the book's original use and a lot of resale companies don't allow them to be resold because the publishers get angry that the terms were broken, and the resale companies could get in some trouble. Short answer, worst that can happen to you is the site telling you you can't sell it, but I really don't recommend trying because it violates terms (if not laws).

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2011 9:12:54 PM PDT
I. Young says:
It's not an issue of annotation but of instructor's copies, which are given out for free with the understanding that they won't be given away or resold (see my other post).

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 7:34:43 AM PDT
As I. Young says, this is GIVEN to the professor/teacher. It's NOT an issue of legally belonging as Patricia suggests because the teacher doesn't own the book. It is a perk received beause of the position of the professor/teacher. IF it belongs to anyone other than the publisher, it belongs to the institution that buys the books. I'm not sure selling the books is as illegal as it is unethical.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2012 8:07:14 AM PDT
Nancy Wemm says:
Do you have any suggestions on how to manage a situation where students (2/3 of the class) acquired annotated instructor's manuals? Can I deny the use of the editions in the classroom at least. I know that I can not make them return the books but I am considering banning them from the classroom and requiring student editions.

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 8:16:37 AM PDT
I suggest you check with your administration before you do anything. I'm appalled you have this situation but don't know if you can legally ban them. I gave up on checking and giving graces for homework because so much was copied--in your case, I'd guess, from these editions. I graded only on quizzes.

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 10:28:52 AM PDT
They're not actually allowed to be sold on Amazon, and I don't think eBay allows them either (I'm not sure on that one though), so nobody should be buying them here, as nobody should be selling them. Anyone that does sell them, if they're reported or otherwise "caught", can get banned, or whatever Amazon wants to do as a result of a seller violating the rules. Personally, I wouldn't be doing it.

As for whether they can be banned in the classroom, I would say the answer should be yes (not that that's necessarily the real answer). These editions were never really supposed to be in the hands of us students anyway, and therefore banning them would be fine from any legal standpoint (though, obviously, the school's rules may be different). There's no law saying students are entitled to cheat using instructor's editions if they wish, or even that they're specifically allowed such editions rather than student ones. I'm sorry you're in that situation. Sometimes I fear too many in my generation are idiots that care more about getting that grade by any means necessary than actually getting benefits from their education. I advise a pop quiz (and I actually hate pop quizzes), to scare them half to death. I've found that those who copy everything rarely actually learn any of it, and those that do their own work tend to pick it up at least to a certain extent even as they go along and do assignments. There's nothing saying the pop quiz needs to count as part of their grade (but they don't need to know that). It might wake some of them up to the fact that they should be not relying on answers from an instructor's edition to get through the class. Heck, for that matter, you could even name the copying of instructor's manuals specifically as a reason. Though, obviously, if there's a policy at your institution against such tests or something, that isn't an option.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2013 9:51:03 AM PST
Ann says:
its NOT illegal.

Posted on Mar 7, 2013 1:28:27 AM PST
http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=help_search_1-1?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200267740&qid=1362648296&sr=1-1

Not allowed here. Enough said. Legal or not doesn't matter. Amazon is fully entitled to their own policies regarding what people are allowed to sell on their site. The rule here is clear, and in most cases the answer is "no". If Amazon's not selling the annotated instructor's edition, then neither can you on their site.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2013 11:33:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 22, 2013 11:35:55 AM PDT
Fedpro says:
I appreciate your adherence to ethical standards, but these students probably purchased these books at a fairly high price without necessarily knowing about the premise behind instructor editions. I think it would be a little harsh to ban the books from class and require purchasing another edition considering the other financial obligations these students acquire. If it's that important to you, perhaps you could entice your institution to place a caveat in the course description.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2013 9:25:35 AM PDT
Ann says:
But is it legal to sell them??

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2013 11:42:36 AM PDT
Ann says:
and you CAN sell them on Abe, Allibris, eCampus, TextbookRush, TextbookX.. and on and on.
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