Apple announces January 19 media event in New York

According to Jim Dalrymple of The Loop, Apple has sent out the above invitation to a special media event to be held at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City on January 19.

Join us for an education announcement in the Big Apple.

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Corey says:

I really, really hope that it is something that will dramatically help to lower the absurd cost of college text books. I know that's extremely wishful thinking, but that would be something substantial. Now if you'll pardon me, I have to go to the bookstore to spend $300+ to get two used books for my two classes.

Redshirt says:

I doubt it. Those books are something like 99% profit for them, and they don't want to give it up.

Steve says:

Too bad. I'm a big "learn on your own" guy, and I would actually like to buy some text books that are out there but the cost is completely prohibitive.

Graduate says:

Corey- I hope you can return those books because you can probably find them for MUCH less online. The savings are incredible and although I didn't learn to do my textbook shopping online until late in my college career (by which time I rarely bought books until I could see we were actually going to USE them), I had friends who would save tons by going the online route. Lol in fact, I remember one friend actually MADE money after he bought the book online at the beginning of the semester, and sold it (I think to one of the bookstores in town) after using it the entire semester!
But yea, check around online before your return policy ends, and see if you can't find a better deal out there. I sure you can. Also had friends who rented online and that turned out well for them. When I knew others in a class, sometimes we were buy one book for us all to split...be careful with this one though, if too many people decide to split one copy it can be VERY difficult to study/complete reading assignments. Ok, sorry for rambling, I just remembered a bunch of stuff as I started to think about the things I used to do.
P.S.- If you are concerned with putting off buying a book, buy it then research online and decide if you need to return the copy you already have. My alma mater has about 12,500 students, so not very big, but the town it's located in has less than half that, 5,000, residents so bookstores are scarce and so as I decided to wait it out one semester, every copy of the required book sold...I doubt you'll have that trouble though.
P.S.S.- Finally, just as a side note, textbooks are ridiculous, but they are pretty great too, I just can't stand it when a professor requires a book and then it never gets used, and the student is out $150.

Corey says:

I appreciate the suggestion. I've looked into it, and have saved quite a bit of money in the past. My school must be on to it, though. The two books I need are variants that are specific to the school itself. I haven't seen them online anywhere, and that's probably why the school went with these sort of books. I've compared the standard texts with the variants, and there are enough differences that I don't think I could get away with subbing out the standard book. You would think something like this would fall under some profiteering statute or price gouging, but I suppose not.

Redshirt says:

I remember the good old days when all my classes had required books authored by the professor...

Graduate says:

I think I only had one class in 3 1/2 years that featured textbooks authored by the professor, luckily we used itin EVERY lesson. It was like our Bible, and not just because it was Religion 101 lol. Hey one more option I just thought of for you Corey... I took an online course last Spring and our textbook was offered in a hardcopy form but we also had the option to purchase it for use in Electronic form on our computers. I have a MacBook Pro and it was all compatible with the software, which was free. We also had the option of purchasing the book for unlimited use at full price or we could "rent" it for 180 days, for a discounted price. Downside would be that you couldn't bring it to class unless of course you normally bring your computer to class, in which case it be all good. You can search for ANYthing in the entire book by simply typing. There were "highlighter" features and different ways you could view the chapters and sections, at least of our book. The program we used was called CourseSmart but I think it all depends on which program the book's publishers choose and all that good stuff.

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