NY Times registration required: Students Find $100 Textbooks Cost $50, Purchased Overseas I've always hated how textbooks are incredibly expensive. I can understand recouping costs, but this is ridiculous! Even worse is when a professor blindly forces his students to buy newer editions of a textbook, cutting them off from their source of used textbooks. And I get angry when I compare the two editions, and the only differences are the order of the problem exercises at the end of each chapter. On the other hand, it's a good thing students are taking advantage of the internet to get around the gouging. Hopefully this will spur publishers to lower their prices. Assuming, of course, that they don't jack the prices everywhere instead.