Monday, April 25, 2011

The 1,485 Page Casebook

I just received a copy of a law casebook with 1485 pages (not including appendices). The cost: $153, $92 if you buy it as a looseleaf.  Really, now! I wonder how conveniently it will fit in a student’s backpack. I wonder how often a student will be tempted not to drag it back and forth to school and thus decide to skip completing an assignment.


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What course? How many credits? What's in the book? Long, unedited cases (as students find in the practice world)? Long problems consisting of dozens of pages of documents (still far short of what they encounter in the practice world)? Visual aids? Commentary? Footnotes filling up half of each page? What is it about the book that would have precluded publishing it on a DVD or CD? Note that I'm not asking for identities of the author(s) or the publisher. (Though I am curious, because essential information gets removed from the books I use in my courses because the publisher has imposed a page limit designed to limit the book's cost).

Posted by: James Edward Maule | Apr 26, 2011 6:18:51 AM

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