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Subject: Instructor's Edition Textbook?
Date Posted: 12/18/2012 1:31 PM ET
Member Since: 8/14/2009
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I have a US History textbook from a class I took this summer; it is indentical to the student edition. However, textbook sites won't buy it back because of it being an Instructor's edition. And on the back it says the book should not be sold, auctioned, given away or otherwise distributed! So am I stuck with this for life? Ha just wondering if anyone had an idea as to if I could post this on PBS? It'd be a really good deal if you needed it, as the book normally costs much more than one credit's worth.

Anyway, any replies would be appreciated!

Date Posted: 12/18/2012 4:43 PM ET
Member Since: 9/19/2006
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I don't know how anyone else would feel about it, but IMO it would be fine to post on PBS. My DH is a former teacher. He recently gave me most all of his teaching books to post on here. I did so and put a notice on both the teacher's and home-schooler's forums about them. I have gotten many request for them, especially from the homeschoolers' forum. This way his books are being used for the good and not just thrown in the trash because the college won't buy them back.

I hope this helps.


Date Posted: 12/18/2012 7:55 PM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2006
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I've never seen a book with a statement that it couldn't be given away -- trying to figure that one out.  I'd suggest asking the Admin Team about the rules on that.  To talk to them, go down to the bottom right corner of any page here.  Under "company" click on "contact us" and use the Feedback option.

Date Posted: 12/18/2012 10:39 PM ET
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"...And on the back it says the book should not be sold, auctioned, given away or otherwise distributed!..."  This often refers to publisher samples (given to schools and teachers).  Last I heard, it's only binding if the person/entity has a written agreement with the publisher (same as ARC's).   A few states regulate sample textbooks, but not sure about how or if they actually enforce local rules...basically, the book should be postable at PBS.

BUT, check the listing.  If the book is in the database as a student edition, you cannot post your teacher edition under the same ISBN.  If the listing does not indicate either, I would treat the same as 'textbook waiver" and pm the person before mailing the book.  I have been burned with the teacher/student edition difference (my only RWAP), the book data didn't state either but the requester 'assumed' student edition and my edition had the 'teacher edition' covered with a 'used book' sticker.  When I asked if I could send the return postage and take that big textbook off her hands, the previously grouchy member suddenly decided the book would work for her needs...but I still have the RWAP.

Last Edited on: 12/18/12 10:41 PM ET - Total times edited: 1