Monday, May 30, 2011

Selling Your Own Books

I have a colleague who is the editor of a fairly widely-used textbook which was recently published in a new edition.

I'm almost positive that on Friday I watched this colleague sell a stack of the new edition textbooks to one of those freelancing textbooks buyers.

We've discussed the issue of selling gratis textbooks before. I wonder whether selling the textbooks that one has edited is different?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

yep

Anonymous said...

They are your property if given to you by your publisher. May you not sell your own property?

Anonymous said...

"May you not sell your own property?"

Of course not! Academics are supposed to be above such trivial concerns as money. How can one truly engage in the life of the mind if one is thinking about the baser aspects of life? He should distribute those books for free, dispensing his knowledge to the masses in Robin Hood fashion, ever wary of succumbing to the temptations that have ruined hoi polloi. Pshaw; he's no better than...a *businessman*!

Anonymous said...

I'm that colleague. STOP WATCHING ME!

Anonymous said...

May one not put restrictions on the use of one's property that one donates to another? Or may my alma mater use my donations, specifically earmarked for financial aid, to repair the damage done by its poorly chosen honey badger mascot?

Of course, it's arguably different if one "donates" one's property to someone without informing them and then restricts what the recipient may do with it.... In which case, Anon 7:17 might be right.

Anonymous said...

Certainly, if the publisher agreed to send me books in return for a promise from me not to subsequently sell them, then it would be problematic for me to go ahead and do so. This seems to be what is wrong if one's donations are used in a way different from what was initially agreed upon. However, if books are simply sent to one without an agreement as to how they would be used, then I guess I don't see the problem with selling them, using them as a booster seat, starting a bonfire, or whatever else might come to mind.

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Here, I don't really believe this will work.