Oh, HELL no.
So, my last semester at school is about to start and I'm in the process of choosing between a couple of courses. If I take one course, I will only spend 75 dollars total on books this semester (i'm only taking two classes). But I liked this other class wayyy more, even though it has more books. That is, until I discovered that one of the books was 120.00. And it's not a textbook or particularly fancy. Just a 120.00 book on Brazillian populist reforms. Maybe it sounds stupid but I decided that, even if I had 275 dollars* (Yes, that's what I would have to spend total on books this semester if I take this course--that's 230 dollars for ONE course mind you, and 40 for another*), I can't possibly spend that much. I mean, what the fuck? What the fuck do professors expect? I guess maybe it's cuz he's a visiting prof, I know I've had tons of discussions with my other history professors and they try to keep their stuff as cost effective as possible, relying on e-reserves a lot. Which is cool. Has anyone else ever had this experience, where you really really want to take a course but the prof has chosen books that are wayyyyyyyyy too expensive (And no, it's not one of those cases in which it's the only book on the subject matter, he's already assigned 3 other books on the exact same thing)? It makes me really fucking mad. I don't even think I COULD take this course, because I wouldn't even be able to look the prof in the face. Sorry for ranting but figured this was the place to do it. *and yes, I know I could interlibrary loan and take out of the library but you can't do that for all book and dammit, it's the principle of the thing!!! *Edited to add: That's the used book price total, taking the lowest prices for everything on the used amazon marketplace (surprisingly, it's frequently much cheaper than half.com)and half.com