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1.0 out of 5 stars Hibbeler is a crook, July 22, 2013
This review is from: Engineering Mechanics: Statics (13th Edition) (Hardcover)
For the last three editions of this book, nothing has changed. Hibbeler simply removes and changes problems sets. This book contains the exact same information as the 10th, 11th and 12th additions. The only difference is the order of problems. There is seemingly a pool of problems that Hibbeler pulls from at random to make different "editions" of his book. It's an embarrassing example of the criminal organization that is running college textbooks, requiring students to waste hundreds of dollars a semester when absolutely no new information is provided. Hibbeler is a crook, no one should be forced to buy this book and I hope the system changes soon.
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Initial post: Jul 7, 2014 2:50:04 PM PDT
Beth B says:
I would just like to let anyone know that part of the edition is finding mistakes. I actually have Hibbler as a teacher and he very seriously values when we find a mistake in the math or the book. He updates the editions to make sure that students have correct answers. He also takes feedback very seriously from students about material in general. After every class every student submits a rating of the powerpoint and textbook section with suggestions to make modifications. You may feel that money is his motivation for new editions but anyone whose ever had him knows otherwise.

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 8:33:40 PM PST
Indeed, the publishing industry contrives ways to make people buy "new" editions, but that doesn't mean the authors are crooks. It takes an enormous amount of time and effort from individuals who have great expertise to produce a textbook, and because of the technologies of reproduction it turns out to be very difficult to recoup the cost inherent in publishing.

I once studied with a petrologist who wrote a textbook for the subject. He too requested feedback on his materials, including the textbook. One major complaint from us students was that the book's binding was weak: the book itself fell apart over time. He told us that he'd been telling the publisher about that issue since the first printing, and that they were unwilling to use a durable binding because it would facilitate resale of used textbooks. Another professor of mine wrote a calculus textbook and in the book's introduction noted specifically that the idea of "new" editions of math books were a contrivance of the publishing industry and that the only thing that changed from edition to edition was the problem sets. Elementary calculus, for goodness' sake, did not change much between 2004 and 2005. It's a problem endemic to the publishing industry. I doubt that Hibbler is a crook.
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