THIS STORY ABOUT A PROFESSOR WHO IS BARRED FROM using a cheaper textbook is an interesting story. “A math professor wants to do something really simple: use different textbooks from other faculty who teach the same course, because he thinks that a different pair of books is better. Those books also happen to cost less. However, the standard $180 textbook happens to have been written by the chair of the department.”
I’ve never been in a department where other professors have been forced to use the same textbook, but I see the advantages, especially with sequential courses. Also, while the Department Chair can be seen as potentially greedy, he/she probably earnestly believes the textbook to be the best learning resource. What do you think?