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Initial post: May 30, 2010, 1:14:46 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 30, 2010, 1:28:34 AM PDT
I'm considering buying "ALGEBRA" by S. Lang.
I found a bookseller in India
selling an international edition of the book
at a surprisingly low price.
According to the book description,
"Cover Image & ISBN may differ
but contents are exactly the same as US edition".

Have you ever bought an international edition textbook ?
Was the content really the same as US edition ?
How was the quality of printing and paper ?

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2010, 10:49:49 AM PDT
Jack Shandy says:
I bought a couple if IE's too from Singapore and India. They have much lower paper quality than their western cousins, but then, they can sometimes be 80 dollars cheaper, including shipping. And if they fall apart, you could buy them again and again, and still save money w.r.t. the western editions.
The content is the same, yes.

Posted on May 31, 2010, 5:14:27 PM PDT
C. Rivera says:
i bought a genetics one, that the only different thing was the cover, inside was exactly the same and great quality...
i also bought a biochemistry one from india/singapore, the information and the pages were the same but the quality was reaaaallly cheap, and it was all in black and white. so i guess it depends...the good thing is that usually u save a lot of money buying these editions...

Posted on May 31, 2010, 11:10:39 PM PDT
Just note you cannot resell international editions on Amazon--it's against Amazon policy, and if they catch you, they typically ban you indefinitely from selling. Other sites will let you buy and sell intl editions, however they aren't the easiest to resell.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2010, 7:57:56 AM PDT
Just an FYI...Some (most?) reputable companies that purchase used textbooks will not purchase International Editions, should you wish to resell them to a reseller rather than to an individual after you finish the course (Nor will they purchase textbooks marked as "sample" or "instructor" editions)

Posted on Jun 1, 2010, 3:16:10 PM PDT
Y. Sun says:
all of the mentioned above, contents identical, soft covers instead of hard covers, which is good - less weight to lug around. think of it this way, with the way college bookstore buy back works the money you paid as sunken cost for the int'l edition is usually about the same or even less than the money you'd lost buying new/selling back to your college bookstore, plus you get to keep the book at the end.

Posted on Jun 2, 2010, 1:53:56 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 2, 2010, 2:06:20 PM PDT
Wise eyed says:
I purchased an india edition for Analytical Chemistry. The content was exactly the same as the US edition, but it was soft cover and the paper used in the pages was the same quality as you would find in a telephone directory and it was all in black and white. However this india edition cost me 35.00 including shipping and the US version was 213.00 so there you have it.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2010, 1:35:27 PM PDT
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Posted on Aug 9, 2010, 3:13:27 PM PDT
I had a professor in school who authored our textbook. He was upset when he caught me with an int'l edition of his book. He said he does not receive royalties on copies and editions printed and sold in other countries. That is one reason (aside from paperback and lighter paper) they cost less.

Posted on Aug 10, 2010, 7:50:21 AM PDT
Its all about saving money when you are in college. You don't owe anyone any loyalty, especially the predatory college bookstores. You'll likely be paying off your loans into your 30's, so if you can get a textbook cheaper, or find it in the library, then absolutely do it! International editions are exactly the same ans US editions- albeit they are of a lesser quality. They cost 80% less because publishing companies know international students would never pay almost 200 dollars for a single textbook. I never bought international because I used the school library or Amazon, but if you find a overseas seller willing to import at THEIR own risk...go for it.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2010, 9:03:14 AM PDT
B. Ram says:
Do not worry. You can sell the cheap editions on Amazon or Ebay. You WILL have buyers as they can get it froma US address quickly at a very good price.

Posted on Aug 10, 2010, 2:03:40 PM PDT
Jomama32 says:
I purchased a Strategic Mgmt book that was from India and it was exactly the same as the American book. Soft cover and very thin sheets of paper. Some pictures could be seen on the other side, so that was a little difficult to read, but the book was 70.00 rather than 200.00. I've kept it because if I would have purchased the 200.00 book, the bookstore would have purchased it from me for $60.00. So I made out.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2010, 8:45:46 PM PDT
That's interesting. If it is true he receives no royalties, he should take that up with the publisher, not you. The publisher is certainly making money on those sales. The main reason they cost less is basically that they cost MORE here -- price discrimination against the U.S. consumer (who, on average, has more money to pay for over-priced textbooks, even if it is due to financial aid or loans.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2010, 8:47:41 PM PDT
Exactly. When a publisher engages in un-American price discrimination against American students, the right thing to do is to try to buy the book at the price they sell it to favored customers.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2010, 9:33:05 PM PDT
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Posted on Oct 12, 2010, 5:42:04 PM PDT
Goody says:
I have purchased a few international editions, most are practically identical but one had some chapters rearranged and different exercises. It can be difficult to complete problem sets but worth the money if you can follow along and don't need to resell it. Books are a huge racket, intl edition texts are an ironic twist to economics class...

Posted on Dec 25, 2010, 10:53:24 AM PST
C. Miller says:
International Editions of textbooks are something book publishers and the government are trying to stop. The publisher does not authorize the books to be re-sold back into the United States. Stopping it has become a full-time job for the justice department. International editions are almost NEVER bought back when you are finished. So, is it worth it? Maybe those of you who buy them don't care, but this is a black market that is using US students to make money.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2010, 10:57:08 AM PST
C. Miller says:
JT-Foreign editions of US textbooks are pirating the content rights of book publishers. The international editions are usually older editions or altered editions. The international sellers are making a boatload of money off of US students.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2010, 8:41:09 PM PST
yes is the same

Posted on Dec 27, 2010, 7:49:21 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 27, 2010, 7:51:59 AM PST
I purchased an Education textbook for $40, international edition, which was identical to the U.S. edition $135, with the exception of being softcover instead of hardcover. Why waste money?

Posted on Dec 28, 2010, 11:31:21 AM PST
LRHolloway says:
I have purchased many international editions, most recently a Spectroscopy textbook for my organic analysis course after our professor ENCOURAGED US. He knows the bookstore charges exorbitant amounts for books, and buys them back at heinously low prices. He also knows that we chemistry students have it so much tougher because the books we use are getting more and more specialized and the cost continues to rise exponentially as they get more advanced. Screw the publishers and authors, especially the ones who are now putting single use online registration codes in their books so it can't be used a second time after the class is over. Shame on those who try to take advantage of the honest student who is just trying to get an education so they can make a living someday. I can hardly afford lunch, let alone three $80 - $200 textbooks a quarter!

Anyways, the spectroscopy book I got had just a few small differences. The font was a lot smaller, which meant the book was smaller than my classmates' original copies as far as width and height goes. I liked that, less weight to carry. The text was exactly the same, and even with the smaller print, the pages matched up perfectly. The only difference was the numbering of the practice problems at the ends of the chapters. My edition had the exact same problems, but they were in a different order.

Best part was that as soon as I had finished the course, I sold the book to a classmate who is taking the class next quarter. You can ALWAYS find buyers for international copies. Just look at your immediate surroundings instead of online. Chances are someone on the same campus will take it off your hands easy.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2010, 5:36:03 PM PST
I sell my international text all the time. I LOVE them!

Posted on Dec 29, 2010, 2:34:08 PM PST
BennySpace says:
The last time I checked, buying International Editions in the US is Legal. Why buy it for more expensive? Come on, are each textbook even worth hundreds of dollars for one semester? College and even graduate students can spend up too 600 dollars a semester just on textbooks. This year, I had professors who encouraged us to buy international editions because the price for US editions are 3x more expensive than the international edition.
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