Quick Answer: How Often Are Textbooks Updated?

every 3 years

How often do new editions of textbooks come out?

Approximately 70 percent of publishers release a new edition of their book every three or four years. New editions have been essential to the balance sheets of large publishers like Pearson and McGraw Hill; they normally come at a significant premium to the previous versions (a 60 percent difference in cost).

Is it OK to use an older edition of a textbook?

Ask the Professor if Older Editions Are Acceptable

Usually, each version of a book has a few changes, but over a number of editions, those changes accumulate and significantly alter the textbook. Most professors are fine with the students using the previous version of the book or even an earlier version than that.

How much does the average school textbook cost?

The average cost of textbooks is: Students: $1,168 per year. Schools: $250 per student per year.

Why are textbooks better?

They like to keep them separate. Digital textbooks may be less expensive and make your book bag significantly lighter, but there is more to the cost than just money. Students will have a better chance in school if they learn from printed textbooks, but read as many eBooks for pleasure as you like.

Why do textbooks have so many editions?

Textbooks can be issued in a new edition because of better information. Sometimes, however, they’re issued in new editions every few years because it’s the only way to keep the book selling in the face of competition from the used book market. For textbooks, this number is far, far lower.

Why are textbooks so expensive?

Textbooks are costly because publishers release expensive new editions each year, undermining the used-book market, says Alex Neal, CEO of Campusbooks.com. “Since the publishers don’t make any money off used-book sales, their business model is to make the old editions obsolete and force you to buy a new book,” he says.